I am trying to hang my aluminum canoe in my garage. I previously purchased this canoe hoist, which was a piece of junk.
So I decided to build my own pulley system following the same layout as the above product using pulleys and rope with working weight limits > 1200lbs.
PROBLEM : I cannot find a way to brake the rope once I have had it hoisted. I need to get it as close to the ceiling as possible and when I try to go that last 5 inches, I simply can't brake the rope long enough for me to tie it off.
QUESTION : Where can I get a brake on my pulley (like the amazon product) or is there some other clever way to brake the rope on my pulley system?
EDIT I should clarify that I have a place to tie it off on the garage wall. When I hoist the canoe, I must do it from a ladder because the canoe itself gets in the way of the rope on the pulley. So I need a way to brake the rope while standing on the ladder and the brake needs to be near the pulley. I have a hook that I tie it off on the ceiling too, but in the process of trying to tie it off the canoe slips a couple of inches, putting it in the way of my garage door.