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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:54 pm 
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Well... I have developed a disability/limitation problem and would like to continue using my AI.

I have developed wrist problems and have had surgery on the right wrist for a ruptured tendon and left wrist for a torn ligament, and need another right wrist surgery for a worn out joint with bone on bone pain. So I'm looking for something to lift the rear of my AI up and hold it up so I can get my cart under the center while loading at my camper to roll it to the beach, then to hold it up while I remove the cart, then to load it again when I return from a sail. I have to bring everything with me when I take off, otherwise it will get stolen, and it's to far to return stuff to the camper and go back to the beach.

Any idea's?

One shop suggested something like a take apart tripod with a pulley to lift at the rear carry handle. It would have to lift the rear about 3 feet off the ground. I sail on open ocean in the Northeast.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:11 pm 
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Sorry to hear of your problems. We're all getting older...

How do you transport your boat? I add and remove my cart while loading/unloading from my truck rack and now from my trailer.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:20 am 
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Once a season I bring it from home to my camper in the spring, then back home in the fall, on the roof of my car. I get help with that. I slide the bare hull under my camper on boards for storage during the summer season, then slide it out and lift one end onto the cart in the center. I need some sort of telescoping pole that's gas, spring, or pulley powered to lift and hold up the rear. The rear well drain holes or rear aka hinge points would be good mounting spots for a telescopic lifting pole(s).

I cannot keep a trailer at the campground. The cart with the large beach wheels requires very little pulling, which I can do with a wrist brace with a hook. Lots of those on fleabay for weight lifters. My cart needs to be narrow for a narrow boardwalk over the dunes and is used for another kayak.

I have friends with TI's that also have problems with lifting one end, just due to the weight, and having to DIY a lot of time. The carts move around a lot, which prevents just pulling it up and on.

Thank You


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:58 am 
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A friend of mine made some sort of three leg tripod structure with a pulley arrangement at the top of the tripod. He used this to lift one end of an AI to assist getting it on the roof of his vehicle. I think it might have been about 6 foot tall or so when setup. I cant remember what he made it from.. might have been wood or PVC or AL.. I can imagine this made from three pieces somehow lashed at the top and a rope loop around the base and the pulley arrangement with whatever leverage you need attached at the top. You could set this up over the end of the AI that you wanted to lift, maybe even put a cleat on it so hold the AI up while you put the wheels on.

I dont know how well it worked or the details.. but maybe this will spark some idea..


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:28 am 
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Keep the ideas coming. You might run across something while out and about that can be modified. I'm thinking more in line of a small, light, strong salt water environment aircraft grade design.

Inflatable dinghy flip up launching wheel brackets? (With hydrofoils?) Maybe I can deploy these in the water and ride the AI up the beach :)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:52 pm 
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Have you tried rolling the AI with aka folded so that it sits on the ama? I used to use that method and it worked well.
Or this clever idea from paranoid:
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:25 pm 
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Nice idea. Thank You. Similar to this https://boonedoxusa.com/collections/lan ... nding-gear

I need the large (42x20 cm) (16.5x7.9 inch) wheeleez tires for AI weight and the sugar soft sand above the tide line on my beach. There's also a step onto a boardwalk that would rip off or bend a few flip up designs I've seen. The added height would not allow it to store under my camper. And with an AI, I like the weight of the cart behind the seat as close to the center as possible while on the water. The boat balances with the cart on center, so a front wheel is not necessary. Rolling the AI over on it's side to mount the cart would put more stress on my wrists than lifting it.

Empty boat lift weight at rear carry handle is 42 lbs, 54 lbs at the rear bungee loop inserts. Lift height is 30" off the ground to the bottom of the boat at the carry handle. Boat width at the carry handle is 13". Hull height is 9", and 5.5" from the bottom to the side seam.

Tripod Idea using a windsurfing boom & reel. First trial. The reel is not good at lifting with a single line pulley, and will not lower. I'll try a simple black ABS plastic pipe frame to compare strength and weight to the windsurfing boom. Then, maybe a carbon fiber pipe take-apart design. I still need to test a Vang type pulley setup for lifting. Foot powered?

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Since I already carry the telescopic boat hook to untangle fishing line from the rudder I may as well use it. No need for the extra windsurfing boom to carry, anymore. I bored out the PVC fittings with hole saws to fit the pipe diameters. A couple of Ball-Loc Quick-Release Pins should hold it together. Any other suggestions? A pin in the bottom of the center T can hold a vang type pulley setup.

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