I am new to paddling and am looking to purchase my first recreational yak. Looks like the weight will be in the mid 40s and I am worried. I am within months of collecting social security and am not a particularly strong guy. My current thoughts are to use the Thule Hull-a-Port J-type kayak roof carriers. Seems to me that once you get the boat over the lip of the "J" you are pretty much home free. You don't have to slide it around on the rack and chance damage to both the car and the boat. Of course, getting the boat over the lip of the "J" is the problem, isn't it? Two pieces of advice in this thread seem relevant to me:
1. Use rubber backed rug pieces to protect the car.
2. Hoist it onto the open doors first (a 4-door is, of course, a must for this), and then make your second move up over the lip of the "Js."
Are there any devices that one can insert into the cockpit to provide "handles"/leverage for the lift? If not, it sounds like an invention whose time has come.