The 2x2 bars are connected with ropes and pullies to the ropes on the garage wall. With a 2:1 mechanical advantage, it takes less than 30 lb. of force to lift the canoe and hoist.
Canoe from below
This view shows the hoist ropes, which converge on a pair of double pulleys.
Garage door open
The canoe sits comfortably above the door. With the garage door closed, we can lower the canoe directly onto the roof rack on our car, or lift it off the rack.