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Monday, 29 November 2010 17:21

Thule Hullavator

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While recently at the CKO Kayak Fishing Tournament at Lake Cumberland I met a guy that has the Thule Hullavator system on his SUV and I have to admit that after watching him load his kayak I thought to myself “man that is AWESOME”.   So I thought that I would take a moment to do a product profile on this pretty cool product.

For many solo and tandem paddlers, one of the biggest challenges they face isn’t on the water, but the loading of their boat on their vehicle. Thule, the world leading manufacturer of sport racks and car carrying solutions, is introducing Hullavator that reduces the power needed to load a boat to the roof of vehicle by 50%.

“As easy as our current carrier systems are to load and unload, the fact of the matter is that in most cases the boat still needs to be lifted above the paddler’s head to load the boat on to the vehicle,” said Steve Doviak, Marketing Manager Thule Inc. “With the Hullavator, the boat only needs to be lifted to about waist height and the loader provides the extra muscle to make loading and unloading a breeze no matter your height or strength.”

The Hullavator features a gas strut that assists the loading and unloading. It can be attached to any Thule rack system and takes up only 28 inches of the load bar, leaving plenty of room for other gear carrying accessories. The lift system functions without any contact to the vehicle and reduces traditional loading height by more than 3 feet.


The Hullavator will be capable of carrying all types of kayaks and will come with an installed cradle assembly and tie downs.

The award winning kayak lift system has been enhanced and now offers greater boat capacity and protection with a more robust latch mechanism. More robust, user-friendly latch mechanism ensures carrier stays down when loading/unloading, and securely on roof for transport. Improved boat protection with oversized, integrated padded support.

For more information about this product, please visit; http://www.thuleracks.com

Last modified on Monday, 29 November 2010 17:26
adam hayes

About the Author: Adam Hayes is an avid kayak angler and the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com. He enjoys spending time on the water with his friends and family and really just about anything than involves growing the sport of kayak fishing.



# dtsoutdoors 2011-11-21 20:53
I biught a Hullavator when I recently traded in my Honda CRV for a Pilot. The Hullavator works great if I am loading my 10' SIK. I was VERY disappointed when I tried to load my 13' Trident. I had to lift the yak more than waist high to get it onto the cradle (not an easy task) and then the pneumatic lifts seemed to be overloaded by the weight. I suggest that anyone with a heavy boat or a tall vehicle tries it before buying. I would NOT have spent that much money had I known. I haven't taken out my Trident since that first time.


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