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Rhino-Rack Side Boat Loader


The Rhino Rack Side Boat Loader is a revolutionary product designed to take the hard back breaking work out of lifting your small boat on and off your vehicle's roof. The side boat loader is the perfect solution for carrying a tinnie whilst towing a caravan or trailer. Please note that the Side Boat Loader may not fit your selected vehicle. PLEASE NOTE: This Boat Loader is recommended to carry boats up to 12 feet in length, with a maximum weight of 176 lbs. It will suit most Vans, 4WD's and Wagon's. With simple one man operation you can easily winch your tinny up & down from your vehicle with a battery powered cordless drill (Rhino recommends 18 volt drill).

Take the hassle and pain out of loading your with the Rhino Rack Side Boat Loader.

  • Loads from passenger side of vehicle
  • Uses a hand drill for effortless loading
  • Can be fitted to cross bars 49 inches (1250 mm) and up
  • Best with boats up to 12 feet in length; maximum weight 176 pounds (80 kg)
  • Great way to carry your boat and tow at the same time
  • Fits a range of vehicles
  • 5 Year Warranty

** Price does not include roof racks or fitting. The boat loader is recommended for roof racks with gutter and track mounts.

How does it work?

The basic principle is in dragging the boat up two ramps set at approx a 50 degree angle to the ground and over the top of the vehicle by means of a 40/1 worm drive gear which turns the winding roller. Ropes are attached to the far side of the boat and also 2 shorter gunnel ropes are attached to the near side. When lifting commences, the boat is “flipped” over and then slides up in the inverted position.

The unloading is in real terms opposite to the loading procedure. The worm gear is put into reverse mode and a short amount of slack is generated in the winding lines. With the boat resting on very slippery main support bar, one hand is used to gently push the boat approx 100mm until the gunnel goes over the curve of the upper ramp. From then on gravity takes over. Depending on the angle of the ramps, the boat may need some assistance in its final reverse flip back down to the ground if it does not have the sufficient weight in the keel in relation to the boat angle. Continue unwinding the lifting lines and develop another say 16 inches (400 mm) of slack. Then by hand gently push the boat “over centre”. After this the boat will continue lowering by itself to its final resting position right way up on the ground. Detach the 4 x snap shackles and your in business.

The key requirement in loading and unloading is that the vehicle must be on level ground as the ramp structure and main support cross bars are extremely slippery. Should this not be the situation, the boat will slew around somewhat and vehicle damage may result. A second person can always be used in adverse conditions to stabilise and stop any forward or rear excessive slippage.

Please note: The Rhino Side Boat Loader (RSBL) will only fit to Rhino-Rack Heavy Duty and Rhino-Rack Aero crossbars.

  • Model: RSBL-RH
  • Manufactured by: Rhino-Rack

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