I am just under 5'6" tall and not brawny and the Thule slipstream rack enables me to load and unload my 45 lb., 15 ft. glass kayak alone. For single women, this allows you take your boat out for a paddle without waiting for a partner! I also use proper ratcheting, padded tie-down straps for the body and ends of the boat rather than any hardware store products. My car and boat are protected.
2003 Ford Escape