I tried to use other people's help to load my boats. I also tried to load them myself at times, while trying not to tear off my side mirror if it slipped, or scratch the mess out of my paint job while manuevering it into place. The bottom line is...why? I was having trouble justifying a purchase for a piece of BAR to load my boards, but the in end, it was stubborn behavior that should not go unpunished. It's just a BAR, right? Welp folks, this bar is worth the money to avoid scratches and dents down your car by "loadings gone wrong", and you can do it ALONE! The fact that I don't have to scope out my surroundings for a stranger who's willing to help me load my boat is so...relaxing. My Spitfire (orange) is around 43lbs, 9' long, and is quite light when you're just toting it around. But when trying to balance it, put it over your head, and throw it up into a Thule J Craddle (love that thing) when you're only 5'5" and your SUV is taller than you, it is just ridiculous (and I'm sure I looked quite foolish doing it). It makes for a pleasurable day when the Outrigger is part of the family. I absolutely cannot lift my Versa board (blue) onto my car alone (before now). It is 53lbs, and 12' long, so it's hard to balance mid air. Again, the Outrigger has made my previously dreaded loading/unloading a mere pleasure now. Thank you, Thule, for another rockin product.