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2017 Aug from Ontario: Today we installed the arm. I’m just back from an evening paddle with my grandson. Awesome! Thanks, M

2017 Aug from Ontario: Hello Ralph, It’s installed and I love it.

2017 Aug from MN: Installed my new KayaArm last week on our dock on Little Long Lake near Ely, MN. Just got time to try it for the first time today. I watched the video before ordering it. But it takes assembling, installing, and actually using it to really know. The design and build is elegantly simple and solid as a rock. And that’s how my home-built kayak felt under me when I stepped into it and sat down. Exit was also safe and easy. I’m not a young man (76). But this device has made getting into and out of my kayak something I don’t even have to think about anymore. I can’t describe how happy I am to have found this simple, ingenious tool. Thank you!

2017 June from Ontario: We installed the KayaArm right after we left your place.   No issues whatsoever with the install.   We love it… it has made getting into the kayaks (from a high dock) very easy.   We definitely recommend this to anyone and we love that we have supported a local business.

2017 June from Ontario: Hi Ralph, my cottage is on Devil Lake outside of Westport! Very close to you. I love my KayaArm and use it almost daily. My partner found the KayaArm online while searching for special kayak launch docks but I wanted a cheaper option and the KayaArm was in my budget, doesn’t take up much room on the dock and works perfectly and I am 55 yrs old with a bad back.

2017 May from NC: We saw your product on our neighbors’ dock, M S and D A. We kayak on a private, 80 acre lake, in our backyard.  The KayaArm works beautifully for us.

2017 Mar from FL: Hi Ralph, I found KayaArm on the internet while looking for “kayak launchers.” I live in Florida on a small man made (variable level) fresh water lake that is mainly fed by rain water. KayaArm adjusts with the water level. Great! I attached KayaArm to one of the pylons on my dock next to an aluminum dock ladder. My wife was skeptical at first but became a believer – very impressed. It’s just a couple of steps down the ladder and into the kayak.

2016 Sept: Our vacation/retirement home is on a lake in Northern Wisconsin. Now closing in on retirement (i.e., it’s a bitch getting older) we needed something to stabilize our sit-in Kayak and make it simpler to enter. A quick internet search later I found the KayaArm.  Installation was easy on our wooden dock. But I found it difficult to walk the Kayak to the dock from the shoreline, being hindered by big trees. I bought a second to KayaArm to store the Kayak at the dock. It works great!

2016 Sept: We live on the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Va. We recently had a floating dock installed so that I could get in and out of my kayak. After a lot of money spent, albeit the dock is beautiful, I still had a hard time getting in and out of my kayak. I found your KayaArm on the Internet.  My husband installed it and  I could not be happier!!!! I have been singing its praises and showing all of my neighbors on the river your wonderful  product!! I can enter and exit my kayak with such ease and I just love it!!!! Thank you.

2016 Sept from Edisto Island, SC: I finally was able to try out my KayaArm this week. Worked like a charm! Thank you for coming up with this marvelous invention! It’s wonderful to be able to get in and out of my sit on top kayak without getting wet! It’s installed on a floating dock on our tidal creek.

2016 Sept: Ralph, I have received, installed and used the KayaArm, more importantly my wife has successfully used it. And loved it! She had vowed never to go kayaking again in our lake ( complete with alligators) as she had fallen in while getting out of the kayak the last time she kayaked. We live on a private oxbow lake west of Houston Texas and I installed the KayaArm on our fixed dock and added the rope (Added Rope Feature) as well. Now no worries getting in or out of the  kayak. Thanks for a great solution . Will recommend it to all my lake neighbors !

2016 July Hi Ralph, My sister introduced me to kayaking 2 years ago. She learned about the KayaArm from her son and just installed a KayaArm on her stationary dock located on a small lake. I had the opportunity to use it over July 4th (2016) weekend. I was sold! My son just installed my KayaArm and now it’s so easy for me to get in and out by myself! We have a floating dock on a large lake with fluctuating water levels. Your KayaArm is just what I needed as I am retired and a “senior”. Thank you for a great product!

2016 June Dear Ralph: I can’t tell you how your KayaArm has changed everything.  Kayaking from our dock is so easy and such a pleasure thanks to your invention.  We now Kayak with ease everyday.  Thank you for your brilliant addition of a Tidal Bracket and Pulley system so we may easily change the arm height from the water.  Now a fixed dock and large tidal change is no challenge for us. Thank you again for you wonderful invention!

2016 May from Maine: Thanks, Ralph, I ordered my KayaArm today.  I have been looking at this for some time but I had a new float built over the winter and I wanted to see it before placing the order.  This should work fine and it is much more reasonable and much less bulky than many of these kayak ramps that are advertised.  Also, thanks for the tip on the added rope.  I watched the video and I am also using a 12 foot Pungo, so the recommendation applies perfectly to me.

2016 May: Hello Ralph, I wanted to let you know how well the Kaya Arm is working.  I’m in Bluffton, SC and kayak on the May River.  We have tides up to 10ft and at low tide the dock sometimes sits in our pluff mud.  I was concerned about the Kaya Arm being in the mud – but we installed it on the end of the floating dock where the bracket doesn’t get in the water  and we unhook the chain to allow the cradle to be ready for launching the kayaks only when we’re ready to use it.  Perfect!  Thanks for a great product.

2016 May from Huntsville Ontario: Hi Ralph, I wanted you to know that I mounted the KayaArm that I bought from you last fall. It was a piece of cake to install and even easier for my wife to use to get in and out of her kayak. Just like the videos on your website it works like a charm! Thanks,

2015 December: Hello Ralph, The  KayaArm does everything you said it would.  I attached it to a four rung ladder.  My wife and I have used it several times and it works perfectly. Thank you for a great product and I will tell everyone in South Florida about your product. We have 50 miles of canals in my housing development, and I think You will have more prospective sales here. Thank you.

2015 Sept: Hello Ralph,  Our KayaArm is now the shining star on our pier. We made some adjustments due to the composite decking on our pier. All trial runs were successful. I do believe you’ll get some additional orders from my show and tell. I am on the Manitowish River chain in Manitowish waters Wisconsin, and I have 21 mile+ trek to explore and kayak. Your product is just what we were looking for, and we wish you much success in the future.

2015 August: We are very happy with the Kayak Arm. We have a floating dock that is 15″ above the water surface and before the Kayak Arm it was very difficult to get in and out of our narrow Necky kayaks. The Kayak Arm gives enough stability to make it much easier. The best part it is also a reasonable cost solution versus the other options I considered. Thanks for your simply solution. We use our Kayaks on the ocean in Mid-Coast Maine, USA

2015 July from NH: My husband installed your product it’s wonderful! He is an engineer and said it was well designed and manufactured. I like how easy it is to use. We have a summer home on a pond in central New Hampshire. Thanks – I recommended it to everyone on the pond! 

2105 July from Ontario: A picture is worth a 1000 words. We became interested when I searched the internet for the bar that hung out over the water and then found your support that goes under the water. Then when we saw the video I decided that it looked like it would work great for any height of dock. What a great idea

2015 June from Lake Michigan: Ralph, Thank you for the prompt expediting of the order.  Installed your device on a floating dock in Southport Marina on Lake Michigan.  Installed per your explicit directions, works as promised! As an architect for 35 years, I have always relied on the “engineer’s mind” to solve my problems, be they practical or artistic, your device continues theory!  Best of luck on you patent!

2015 June from Georgia: Thank you all so very much for the super-fast delivery! We’ve already installed it and it works perfectly!

2015 June: Hey Ralph. Got it today and its already mounted on our dock. Your little invention is wonderful.  We live on lake Greenwood in SC, so the best time for kayaking is spring and Fall.  We usually didn’t like going then because the water can be cold enough then, that a spill getting in would ruin your day before you even get started.  My wife and I have already tested it tonight and think it’s great.  Can’t wait to show our fellow kayakers on the lake.  Thanks again for your ingenuity on a great product and I really appreciate the fine construction.  This is truly a fine product.

2015 June from Wisconsin: BTW…it works great!  My wife and I have been using it every day…makes it so much easier for us 60+ years of age people!

2015 April from man from Florida re KayaArm purchased in 2013:
In response to my query “how is KayaArm standing up to use in salt water?”
Hello Ralph, thank you for your follow up. The KayaArm is doing fine. As expected I do have growth on the portion of the frame that is below the tide line but not an issue. No indication of corrosion, just covered with barnacles. I didn’t paint it with anti-fouling paint but might do that this summer. I am very happy with it and certainly feel free to share my email to interested customers.

2015 April from Virginia
Dear Ralph,
Received the two KayaArm packages today. I am impressed by the stout construction and the quality and finish of the metal. (My late father owned a metal shop where I worked as a young man, so I appreciate that the metal edges and corners of the angle bracket, mast, and shoe have been brushed to prevent any sharp edges that could nick skin when handling. )

2015 March from Cape Coral, FL
I just wanted to let you know that I installed the KayaArm over the weekend. It works Great!! Easy to install and such a simple solution.

2014 September: woman from Michigan:
Hi Ralph. The KayaArm worked perfectly on the dock of our lake cottage in the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan. It was easy to remove for winter storage and we are looking forward already to another summer of paddling. Thanks!

2014 September: man from New York:

Hey Ralph,  Just to let you know that I finally installed the KayaArm on the dock of my building on the Hudson River. I tested it out on ‘not so calm waters’ , demo’d it to the other residents, and it is working well.  Thanks you for making such a great product.

2014 August: man from Ontario:

The world needs more KayaArms.  Kayaking is a fun and healthy activity for our aging population.  We’re certainly using our kayaks more since we installed your clever device.  Before, I needed to steady my wife’s kayak for her as she got in.  Then struggled to get in mine by myself.  With the KayaArm, we can simply step into the kayaks standing straight up while holding onto the KayaArm post and then sit down.  My kayak’s cockpit is very small.  I can now step into it, sit on the back deck and work my legs in and then get into the seat without having to worry about my high centre of gravity in the process.  What a great invention!

2014 August ,man from LA and Loughborough Lake

Thank you for the receipt and, yes, it is working great!.  I am back in Los Angeles but my father has been using it almost every day.  He said he would not be able to get in and out of our kayaks if we did not have the KayaArm.  I am looking forward to heading back to the lake late next week and trying it out some more.

2014 August: man from Ontario:

Got my KayaArm installed and gave it a try(several actually).   Works great!!!  my dock(a permanent wooden dock) at this time of the year is about 1 1/2 to 2 feet above the water and it was always awkward to get in and out.  Now I step in and step out.  Way better than spending $3,000 on a low profile floating dock!!!

2014 July: man from Washington State

Thank you very much for you “perfect” invention. We are in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound (Washington, USA) where kayaking is popular and the tidal swing is nearly 3 meters. So dock launching is useful and the Kayak Arm works well.

2014 July

Thank you!

It (the KayaArm) is mounted on a fixed dock on Lake Balboa in Hot Springs Village, AR. The lake is approximately 1000 acres, is lined around the perimeter by mostly owner-occupied homes, restricted to boats up to 28′ and no motorized personal watercraft. Many of the residents have kayaks. 

I ordered the KayaArm for my mother who is in her seventies, after becoming concerned about the instability of her kayak during entry and exit. I couldn’t be more pleased about the stability it offers, as well as the simplicity of its use.

2014 July from the Ozarks

We finally made it to our lake house this week and installed our new KayaArm.   My wife, son, and daughter-in-law mastered it’s use after only one or two practice runs.  They are all very impressed with how effortless it is to use.  We had been trying to figure out how to solve this problem for two seasons.   After a lot of searching and researching, my son found your website and we all watched your video several times.  At first we thought it looked “too good to be true” but looked better and better the more we watched. The device installed quickly and works exactly as advertised and shown.  Thank you coming up with this ingenious, yet simple solution.

2014 June from Ontario

Hi Ralph, I was trying to sell one of your KayaArm units to a client of mine who uses her kayak a lot, and she already had one!! A— from Bath loves hers and says it allows her to keep kayaking.

2014 May 31 from New Hampshire

Just installed KayaArm on our dock in NH. Wow! A great solution, no more worries entering or exiting from the dock. Thank you so much for sharing your ingenuity!

2014 Feb from Wisconsin

Are you going to have a booth at this spring\’s Canoecopia event in Madison, Wisconsin?  It is, as I\’m sure you know, the world\’s largest paddling Expo.  Runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 7, 8, 9, 2014.  Hope you will be selling there.  I think you have a wonderful product.  I know I sure enjoy the one I bought and have on my dock.

My reply: Selling at Canoecopia may one day happen but currently as a basically one person operation that won’t be possible at this time.

2014 January, man from Florida:

Ralph, my wife got me your launch system for Christmas as it was on my wish list.  I live in a lagoon community (Queens Harbour) in Jacksonville, FL with miles of freshwater water which has a lock system that goes in the intercoastal.  I wanted to use my kayak as exercise and “my time” in the freshwater.  My dock is concrete with about 18 inches from the top of the water to the deck.  There is only minor fluctuation in the water depth and that is due to rainfall and evaporation.  My bulkhead is at dock level so there was no way as a novice kayaker I could get in and out of the kayak.

It took me all of 20 minutes to install your system.  I watched the video and tried it.  It was easier than the video depicts.  First time success in getting in and getting out.  The kayak didn’t move as I stepped in and out of the cockpit (it’s a tight fit) and  I’m sold and glad I found your system.  Thanks for allowing to launch from my house rather than driving to a launch point or buying a costly floating system.

2013 October, man from New Jersey:

  • It is THE best invention. I searched for a long time for a solution. 

2013 August, man from Vancouver BC:

  • Thank you, you did a perfect delivery job. Your Kaya Arm arrived today at noon. We installed the device in the afternoon on a dock with a separate board for kayaks. The Kaya Arm works well and safe with different types of kayaks. Please allow me a friendly hint. Maybe you should produce a video for smaller cockpits of ocean kayaks. There is only a little trick to feel comfortable to get in and out of the kayak: Stand on the seat, bend forward and grip the cockpit with both hands, lower your body and sit on the kayak behind the seat, slide the legs in and then lower to the seat. If you have a larger cockpit as it is shown in your video you may do the movements easier and more or less in one action without standing on the seat.

2013 August, woman from Oregon:

  • I installed the KayaArm this past weekend on our floating home deck.  What a great improvement!  We’re using the kayaks so much more often now because your invention makes it so easy to get in and out of them. Thank you so much for this ingenious solution. I’m raving about it to everyone I know!

2013 July, Woman & man from Fenwick Island DE:

These Fenwick Islanders asked: After launching a kayak using KayaArm how do you deal with a tide level change (which requires an arm height adjustment) upon return a couple hours later?  

  • My reply: In a previous response to this question Ilaunched my kayak using KayaArm on my dock, then returned to the dock and proceeded to do the following:
    • I came back alongside (not onto) the KayaArm arm.
    • From my position in my kayak I reached out, gripped the arm and raised the arm/shoe assembly enough (in the track on the post) so that I could move the kayak under it to a location beside the KayaArm post. (Hint: it may be easier to lift the arm if you put a little petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the sliding shoe of the arm)
    • From that location I was able to reach the chain and chain slot for adjustment of the chain length that, when extended, would provide the desired arm height. (Hint: before launching as a reference point mark the chain link in the slot used for launching)
    • While still gripping the arm I pushed the kayak out from under the arm and lowered the arm to where the chain was fully extended.
    • If needed I would repeat the chain length adjustment more than once to get it right.
    • Then I paddled the kayak onto the arm and disembarked as usual.

2013 July, man from Florida:

  • Intrigued by your product! I live in Florida on a saltwater bay. Is the KayaArm made of aluminum or somewhat saltwater resistant?”
  • My reply: To enable KayaArm use in salt water we now use stainless steel bolts, galvanized chain and a consultant informed me that the 6061 aluminum alloy, which the bulk of the device is made from, has good salt water resistance and should be good for many years in salt water use. I have shipped several KayaArms to the east, west and south coasts of North America.
  • His response: “Thank you for your response, that’s great news. I will order and look forward to using this clever product.” He completed the purchase.

2013 June, from a man from Washington State:

Very nice product and cleverly built!  I am an engineer and appreciate the simplicity and how well it functions. I will be ordering a unit and look forward to using it.”

2013 June, from an Ontario man:

We have finally completed the installation of your KayaArm and a ladder on our dock. It works well, and we are very pleased. We purchased the ladder from West Marine. When I mentioned that we were installing the ladder next to a Kayak Arm the gal said “if you know that guy… his flyer has disappeared from our bulletin board and many people have asked about it”.
Thanks again, J.

2013 May, from a woman from in Oregon who purchased 2 KayaArms:

I’ve received your receipt via e-mail of my payment. Now I am looking forward to receiving your product and getting back into the kayak. It’s been very difficult as older adults to enter the wobbly kayak. I am so happy you invented this product”.

2013 May, from a person in Ontario who bought a KayaArm as a gift for a friend: “She is so happy with it!!”

2013 May: “Thanks so much for the very fast delivery. One of our members at the club (in Ontario) told us about it and we thought that it would be great for our seniors paddling group and for our Paddle All group which are paddlers with disabilities. We are looking forward to getting it installed.

Thanks so much!”

2013 May, from a woman from Ontario who purchased a KayaArm: I am looking forward to installing and using my KayaArm.  My sister bought one last year and she loves it!”


2013 April, from a woman from Oregon in 2013 April:

Hello!  What a wonderful idea you have here!  We have just purchased a small floating home and our deck is quite high above the water.  As soon as we move in, I\’ll be measuring and ordering one of these.” She made the purchase.

2013 April, from a man who lives on a manmade lake near Las Vegas and bought two KayaArms in: “I like your concept a lot and it seems to address both access and storage issues. I installed both arms on the dock and they work as advertised.” 

2013 February, from a person in Ontario:

We are near the sandbar and facing the mainland across from the P’s who have your device as well. My daughter has commandeered the kayak for now so this will give my dad a chance at using it as well!

2012 Dec, for a man in North Carolina:

I gave the KayaArm to my wife last Christmas and installed it one of our docks in the spring.  It’s gotten a lot of use with kayaking in the canals and Sound near our home in North Carolina.  The ladies, in particular, really appreciate how much easier it is to get in and out of the kayak.  I’ve also had several neighbors ask me about it; have forwarded them the link to your website.  Thought you’d appreciate some customer feedback.  Hope you and your wife have a very Happy Holiday.

From C

Hello everyone!

We purchased a KayaArm to help my older husband Paul get in & out of his kayak.  I thought I’d not need it for myself but when he installed it (very simply) I decided to test it for him.   I easily stepped into the kayak to enter and stood up again to get out!!!  I just loved it as my feet didn’t get wet like they do when use my “swim ladder” method to get in & out!  So, my lengthy kayaking season just got even longer!!

Secondly, using the KayaArm instead of getting out the traditional way (using my paddle to balance and hoist myself up to sit on my dock) made getting in & out of my kayak easy on my back and my bottom (no more splinters from the dock through my shorts or bathing suit bottoms)!!

The bottom line is, no matter how skilled you are at getting in & out of your kayak you really should get a KayaArm as the benefits I’ve only just discovered on my first try are great!  It would be even greater if everyone got one so when we visit each other we could use each others!  The KayaArm is easy to adjust to any height and can be removed easily if you don’t want it in.

I truly believe the KayaArm works great and anyone who kayaks should have one!

Most sincerely, C

From G

Well, You asked for comment, so here it is.

 First off, I have retired from flat-water sprint and marathon. Started in earnest in 1972, setting a US masters 500M record which stood ’till 1995. Have a pile of medals from Canadian Masters (paddling with Balmy Beach Club in Toronto) Many season marathon championships here in Florida.  My last US Nationals was in 2005. (Save you the math. I was 73).  These are not comments based on a few vacation paddling trips!

 Experts with cranky ICF sprint boats or middle age duffers in big wide heavy sit on tops, most kayak flips are at the dock. There’s a big broad market for an economical solution. There will be a hard core of fixed installation liveries in need, and many such as I living on the water, now  either using a cobbled up boarding system or not.

 So, you’ve got that rarity. An invention with a waiting market. Only obstacles being cost of advertising and the usual production glitches. 

 Oh, Yes.  Your invention passes that ultimate test: Why didn’t I think of that!

 I wish you the best with this project. G

From B

I just became aware of your KayaArm…it looks terrific…I am sure it will be a success.
What is the retail price?
I was thinking that if your business model fits, you should consider taking it to the Dragon’s Den.
Best of luck with this great invention.
B

From A on Lake Ontario

Hi Ralph.  At long last I used the KayaArm on the week-end.  What sheer pleasure to mount my kayak with no problems.  In and off like a bullet!  I am in love with the arm.  A

From M

Hi Ralph, 

Thanks for your quick reply.  I have already ordered the KayaArm from a Canadian retailer.  I live on the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin (about 2.5 hours north of Madison) and am excited that I will be able to get into my kayak from my dock in a much more stable manner! 

I found the KayaArm online with a Google search.  I had thought that I would need to find either a platform or a couple of arms in order to stabilize the kayak when I came upon your website. 

Have a great week!

M

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What sheer pleasure to mount my kayak with no problems. In and off like a bullet! I am in love with the arm. 


I just wanted to thank you for coming up with this wonderful product. My wife had a lot of trouble getting into her kayak from our high dock. I hooked it up on a ladder and it worked great. When we took out the dock for the winter, I hooked it onto the seawall, and it was even better, much more stable. I can’t wait till next year to put in a lower dock and try it out in a third position. This thing is great, I’m glad I found it on the net. 


We purchased a KayaArm to help my older husband Paul get in & out of his kayak. I thought I’d not need it for myself but when he installed it (very simply) I decided to test it for him. I easily stepped into the kayak to enter and stood up again to get out!!! I just loved it as my feet didn’t get wet like they do when use my “swim ladder” method to get in & out! So, my lengthy kayaking season just got even longer!!

“Secondly, using the KayaArm instead of getting out the traditional way (using my paddle to balance and hoist myself up to sit on my dock) made getting in & out of my kayak easy on my back and my bottom (no more splinters from the dock through my shorts or bathing suit bottoms)!!

“The bottom line is, no matter how skilled you are at getting in & out of your kayak you really should get a KayaArm as the benefits I’ve only just discovered on my first try are great! It would be even greater if everyone got one so when we visit each other we could use each others! The KayaArm is easy to adjust to any height and can be removed easily if you don’t want it in.

“I truly believe the KayaArm works great and anyone who kayaks should have one!”


First off, I have retired from flat-water sprint and marathon. Started in earnest in 1972, setting a US masters 500M record which stood till 1995. Have a pile of medals from Canadian Masters (paddling with Balmy Beach Club in Toronto) Many season marathon championships here in Florida. My last US Nationals was in 2005. (Save you the math. I was 73). These are not comments based on a few vacation paddling trips!

“Experts with cranky ICF sprint boats or middle age duffers in big wide heavy sit on tops, most kayak flips are at the dock. There’s a big broad market for an economical solution. There will be a hard core of fixed installation liveries in need, and many such as I living on the water, now either using a cobbled up boarding system or not.

“So, you’ve got that rarity. An invention with a waiting market. Only obstacles being cost of advertising and the usual production glitches.

“Oh, Yes. Your invention passes that ultimate test: Why didn’t I think of that!

“I wish you the best with this project.”


I just became aware of your KayaArm… it looks terrific… I am sure it will be a success. What is the retail price?

“I was thinking that if your business model fits, you should consider taking it to the Dragon’s Den.

“I wish you the best with this project.”


At long last I used the KayaArm on the week-end. What sheer pleasure to mount my kayak with no problems. In and off like a bullet! I am in love with the arm.”


I have already ordered the KayaArm from one of the retailers that you had listed on your website. I live on the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin (about 2.5 hours north of Madison) and am excited that I will be able to get into my kayak from my dock in a much more stable manner!

“I found the KayaArm online with a Google search. I had thought that I would need to find either a platform or a couple of arms in order to stabilize the kayak when I came upon your website.”