SLH Universal Kayak Loader


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SLH Hobie Kayak Loader for winch assisted effortless car-topping. Raise & lower your kayak on and off the roof of your car with ease. Capable of loading large and heavy Hobie fishing kayaks, ideal for Pro Angler, Outback, Compass & Tandem Models. Version 2 now on development!

SLH Universal Kayak Loader, Version 2

SLH Kayak Loader Version 2
SLH Kayak Loader Version 2 in Testing, Coming Soon

Version 2 of our winch operated kayak loader is in the final stages of testing and will be available soon (watch this space). V2 is built from aluminium (and is half the weight of the original) and has a removable hitching mount, which makes for much more compact storage. It also features adjustable loading skids to facilitate fitting to a much greater variety of hull shapes. More info coming soon

SLH Kayak Loader Assembly
Version 2 features a removable hitching mount

SLH Kayak Loader provides the easiest way yet to load and unload a Hobie kayak of almost any weight on and off your car. All overhead lifting is eliminated, making control of an ungainly awkward kayak hull simple and easy. It is the first kayak car-topping assist device that allows you to load from the rear of your vehicle with the kayak positioned in an east – west orientation.

The SLH Kayak Loader allows you to lift and slide the kayak onto the loading skids at a low height across the back of the vehicle. By centering the kayak onto a balanced position over the skids and then gently turning the winch handle your heavy kayak will now travel effortlessly upwards to roof rack height.

When the kayak has reached roof rack height you need only to gently pivot the kayak 90 degrees on the high strength swivel mount and then slide your kayak forward onto your roof bars. The reverse action will allow you to unload your kayak just as easily.

  • Mounts into the rear of your car via a 2″ x 2″ tow fitting
  • Suitable for kayaks as heavy as 65 kg
  • Max Height: 140cm (measured from top of towing hitch)
  • 59.5cm or 64.5cm (distance from upright to tow hitch pin holes)
  • Total Weight: 11.6 kg


  • We have tested this on Hobie kayak models only. We cannot guarantee how well it will work on kayak hulls of different shapes
  • 8mm Hex Allen Key required for assembly (not included)

SLH Hobie Kayak Loader

Made exclusively here in Australia and formulated by engineers at the SLH institute.  Constructed of welded steel with heavy powder coating and quality Ronstan fittings. Can be disassembled into two or more parts if required

SLH Hobie Kayak Loader Installation Instructions

  1. Take the supplied 8mm hex key and remove the hex bolt from the top of the main
  2. Cut the cable tie securing the metal pressure plate and nylon washer from the top of the
    loading skid plate.
  3. Now assemble the parts in the following order, making sure all parts are located
    correctly. (see diagram below) Do not over tighten. The assembly should only have a light
    resistance when rotating so that the kayak moves with the skid plate rather than skipping
  4. Finally take the winch crank handle and attached to the winch using a 19mm, 3/4’’

SLH Kayak loader assembly components