Help me hang my canoe
June 1, 2009 6:45 AM Subscribe
I built a pulley system to hang my canoe from my garage ceiling. It’s awesome, you should see it. Unfortunately, there’s a slight problem.
posted by bondcliff to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
a simple diagram. Sorry if it’s confusing. It’s not to scale, obviously.
It all works very well, allowing one person to raise and lower our 60 lb, 17 foot boat. Once raised, it hangs nicely from the ceiling, allowing the garage door to open beneath it.
The problem is, when you pull down on the rope to raise it (far right of diagram), the bow of the boat rises before the stern. You constantly have to pull down on the bow to equalize the two sides and level out the boat as you raise it. This works, but it’s kind of a pain in the ass.
Is there any way to rig it up so that both sides rise equally, while still maintaining the mechanical advantage of the pulleys? I’m not an engineer and I’ve forgotten most of my 8th grade physical science class.