I've wanted to do this for a while but never got around to it until now. It's kind of hard to appreciate what's been done here until you try and pick up that kayak. It is heavy. Dry weight is 140 lbs and we're storing quite a bit extra in there too. It's not something you just toss up into the rafters.
I had initially thought I'd just run some pulleys and tie off the ropes to some cleats on the wall. Then I remembered that Jen would have to park under whatever I slapped together. That's why I ended up with the 2x4 framework. This involved a lot of extra ladder climbing.
And I hate ladders.
With a passion.
I think most big guys are keenly aware of the repercussions of a fall from any kind of height. It's very unlikely that you're going to get away with just a bruise or a sprain. There is going to be some breakage. That's why we're also keenly aware of the rated load capacity of any ladder we attempt to climb.
In any case, I managed to get through it without any personal damage. Jen's car, on the other hand... well we'll just have to wait and see what kind of crafstmanship I'm capable of. It does look a little nervous in this picture though.