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Hoister 4-Point Storage Lifts

Hoister 4-Point Storage Lifts
Hoister 4-Point Storage Lifts
The strong and safe way to hoist boats or other less important items.
Harken-Hoister 4-Point Storage Lifts
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For many years, we answered questions from people who wanted to hoist canoes or kayaks up to the ceiling in their garages or barns. It's a logical place to store them, but the average do-it-yourself job contains some hidden problems (and dangers).

There are engineering obstacles, like how to hoist it so it rises evenly. You need a mechanical advantage, but the small pulleys you can buy at the hardware store don't provide much. Then there's safety. Without some kind of automatic locking system, you will almost certainly drop the boat when your grip slips. If you're lucky nobody will be hurt.

Enter Harken. For those who don't know them, they are a world leader in rigging for sail boats. As such, it's no surpirse that they are experts at hoisting things. They've got the problem solved. The Harken Hoister provides easy and safe lifting of your canoe or kayak (or bike, or truck cap, or whatever) in a convenient kit with detailed instructions. You can choose your mechanical advantage ratio based on how heavy your load is or how easy you want the lift to be.

Some people set these up so they drive into the garage or barn with the boat on top of the car. They attach the hoister to the boat and lift it right off the top of the vehicle. It's a slick system, particularly if you have a tall vehicle or a heavy boat.


  • 3:1 - 60 lb Capacity
  • 4:1 - 90 lb Capacity
  • 6:1 - 145 lb Capacity
  • 8:1 - 200 lb Capacity


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Keep your boats or boxes off the floor rating
There's a tendency to look at these as only boat lifts...and they work great for that. They are also great for storing luggage boxes in the rafters of the garage. The hardware is bombproof and the concept for how they work is ingenious. I use three of them at home in my garage (okay, "garage") that is now used for boat storage and my workshop. Hasn't seen a car in 8 years.

Reviewed by:Darren Bushfrom Madison, WI. on 12/8/2010

No better solution rating
This is my favorite method of boat storage. If you have the ceiling clearance, then there isn't a better solution. With the hoister, a single person can easily lift a boat much higher than they can reach. A must for boats that seem to get heavier every year.

Reviewed by:John Stackpolefrom Madison, WI. on 12/8/2010

Good customer service rating
Harken is best known the world over as the premier supplier of hardware to sailors. Their lift brings safety and ease to getting your kayak or canoe or... up to (and down from) the rafters. Their customer service folks can and will answer your install questions, if any, most any day of the week.

Reviewed by:Jeff Jadelfrom Madison, WI. on 12/8/2010

Slick system rating
The Harken Hoister system is a very slick way to store your boat without taking up valuable garage floor space. It comes with everything you need to set up a secure system that will be much easier on your boat and back than anything else. Just follow the simple instructions and you will be able to hoist anything between 60 and 200 lbs (depending on which model you have). My dad uses the 200 lb one to keep his huge fake Christmas tree out of the way. Don't worry about lifting a heavy boat--the pulley system gives you a significant mechanical advantage. Remember physics class? If you need a place to store a boat safely, don't risk it, do it the easy way with a Harken.

Reviewed by:John Reindersfrom Madison, WI. on 12/8/2010

Get your garage back rating
My garage is probably like yours. Really full of really fun stuff. The hoister is an amazing product. It gave me my garage back. My beloved strip canoe now lives high in the rafters up an out of the way. As an extra added benefit it provides a lofty home for all my paddling related gear. But when its time to go, it magically lowers itself onto my car. What a deal!

Reviewed by:Jeff Weidemanfrom Verona, WI. on 12/2/2010