About the Custom Boat Loader

The Custom Boat Loader allows one person to safely and easily load and unload an aluminium dinghy from their 4WD roof using a cordless drill or fully wireless remote controlled version, in about 2 minutes! We also make a heavy duty version to suit the larger boats on the bigger vehicles. With a Custom Boat Loader you can place the boat in the water if you can get to it!

Patent Design Registration IP AU 155832 S

FACTS about the Loader

  • The Custom Boat Loader (CBL) rack is manufactured from high grade aluminium, which is then anodised and powder coated, to give strength and reliability in a lightweight construction.
  • It has a sturdy mesh floor for carrying equipment beneath the boat such as boating gear (rods, tackle boxes, crab nets etc). It is not necessary to remove anything carried on the rack during the loading/unloading process as the boat travels up and over the stored equipment.
  • The gearbox is a fully sealed, long life, synthetic oil filled unit and driven by either a 14.4/18v drill OR we have a 12v wireless remote controlled version.
  • The ropes have a 900kg and 700kg breaking strain. All other fittings are stainless steel.
  • There are 2 standard size loaders available; the smaller loader caters for most boats 3.75m and under with a beam no greater than 1.66m. The larger loader caters for boats up to 4m with a maximum beam no greater than 1.80m.
  • Heavy Duty loaders (remote control ONLY) take boats to a maximum of 250kg on suitablevehicles such as the Ford “F” series, Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverados etc

Lets see how the Custom Boat Loader operates

  • The vehicle reverses to the stern of the dinghy.
  • The four lifting ropes are pulled through the guides on the Custom boat loader and secured to four anchor points on the boat.
  • A fulcrum plate fits between the stern of the dinghy and the tow-bar of the vehicle.
  • Once in position the winch is activated, pulling the boat up and off the ground. The worm drive winch gives full control when loading and unloading - you can stop at any time & the winch will hold the boat at any stage, automatically.
  • Once over the vertical, the boat pivots on the rear bar of the rack, & then runs easily forward until the bow is resting on the front edge of the rack.
  • The winch continues to pull on the four ropes until tension is sufficient to secure the boat onto the Custom boat loader & locked for transport, although tie down straps are recommended for extra safety over rough roads & anchor points are provided on the loader for this purpose.
The vehicle reverses to the stern of the dinghy.
The boat loader process starts
Boat starts to pivot
Boat pivoting on rear bar
Boat continues to move forward to lock down position
Boat being locked down and ready for travel

To unload the boat the process is reversed

Caravanners & campers can now take an aluminium dinghy with them without struggling to load & unload it onto the roof of the vehicle – having a boat provides many more holiday options.

The Custom Boat Loader quickly & easily loads & unloads—you can place the boat in the water if you can get to it!

The ample mesh roof rack carries many of those bulky items & can be used, whether in conjunction with the boat, or simply as a roof rack. With a Custom Boat Loader you may not need a boat trailer with its ongoing maintenance, registration and insurance costs, nor can the trailer be stolen from the public boat ramp whilst you’re away fishing!

The Custom Boat Loader is robust, self-contained and maintenance free.

MORE FACTS about the Custom Boat Loader

  1. One person can quickly & easily load & unload an aluminium dinghy on and off their 4WD vehicle roof, and secure it down for travel.
  2. The Custom Boat Loader/ Roof rack is custom made for most 4WD vehicles.
  3. The Custom Boat Loader is virtually maintenance free.
  4. The Custom Boat Loader /Roof Rack is easily removed from the vehicle if not required.
  5. The Custom Boat Loader /Roof Rack can be used simply as a roof rack.
  6. The Custom Boat Loader is simply the best on the market!

You can leave the boat partially loaded and hose out the interior of the boat before completing the loading. This will protect the roof of the vehicle from salty water. We recommend carrying 20 litres of freshwater to complete the hosing out process.

When loading/unloading the boat will not move even in heavy wind conditions – if it is windy enough to move the boat on the loader it’s too windy to be out boating!!