I bought this canoe caddy because loading my 17-foot Old Town canoe on my pickup solo was tough. This device is a huge improvement.
Here's the procedure: pick up one end of the canoe and lash it to the swiveled-rack. Pick up the other end and rotate it around to the front of the truck, put foam blocks under the front, then lash everything down. You never have to lift more than half the canoe at once. Combined with a wheeled dolly, this device is a must for anyone loading a canoe onto a car/truck solo.
Next, Fulton's customer service. The factory box was missing one non-crucial plastic cap and the rubber bumpers' sticky-tape had cooked. So I emailed the Fulton company and what do you know? They responded immediately by email, then sent out a box of spare parts. Gotta support the companies that treat you decently and these people are decent.
If you're struggling to put your canoe on your car roof, and you have a hitch, buy this canoe caddy, you won't be sorry. Be sure to use a crescent wrench to tune the nut that sets the swiveling friction.The Fulton Canoe Caddy is a "platform-type" T-support that bolts to your trailer hitch and allows a single person to easily cartop a canoe. It assembles easily, locks securely to the vehicle hitch, and can be set for the height appropriate for your roof racks. Simply hoist one end of the canoe onto the "T", bungee it down, pick up the other end of the canoe, lift it up, and swivel it to the front of your vehicle. It works extremely well for my behemoth Old Town Discovery Sport 17 @ 119 pounds.
However, it is made for a double-end canoe, not a square stern canoe like the DS-17. In order to make the "T" wide enough to accept the DS-17 square stern I had to flip the "T-bar" upside down and bolt on a 30" wide board. I have suggested to Fulton that they consider an appropriate modification. I've had it travel at freeway speeds, and it caused no concerns. I like it.