Submitted: 08-29-2005 by tumbl
I also just got my Hullavator, and I'm thrilled I can get out on the water by myself.
Here are my thoughts on it:
solo loading is possible
cradle unit detaches and attaches easily, so no locking has been required
securely holds my boat regardless of distance
the lower cradle has scratched up my boat minorly during loading
locking in the down position is not great, but this problem was solved for my by pushing the top of the cradle in to engage the locking mechanism
craftsmanship isn't great, but it does the job for me
sits off over the edge a bit much, but it hasn't caused any problems for me thus far. (and with it sitting so far out, getting in and out of the car can be a head hazard sometimes)
the attachment bracket took some ingenuity and muscle on my Yakima bars, especially with a fairing on my front bars
So all in all it's a great idea, as with new product it has some kinks that I hope Thule will improve on and sort out with defects for existing owners.