Al, I just wanted you to know I received my Roll-aid yesterday and will install it tomorrow. I have to say it is an ingenious device and very well thought out. Also, your attention to packing and shipping is terrific. It has been a pleasure working with you! Stay well, be safe.
I should have written this when I bought my YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ 3 years ago as it has been a life changer! My lake house is on a steep slope and the EZ Dock didn’t really do it. I heard about Al and his YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ and it really made a difference.
The reason for this note is that my YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ met a tree during the winter. One conversation with Al and the new parts were on the way. Not only is the product great but the service is just as good.
Denny and Evelyn Kline
I just wanted to say Thank You for all of the help with our new YAK-A-LAUNCHER™. My wife LOVES it. It has made getting into her kayak so much easier. But…you know that!
I also want to say how impressed we were with ALL of the items included in the purchase! I expected to have to make a trip to our hardware store to complete our YAK-A-LAUNCHER™. EVERYTHING we needed was in the box. As a consumer I really appreciated this. We are now one of your “promotion department” staff as many of our neighbors are asking “What is That”? We are happy to tell them.
Thank You again for your help.
Denny & Evelyn Kline
The YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ has performed as promised. We built a dock on our lakeside property, and needed a better way to pull ourselves in and out of kayak without worrying about tipping over. Balancing act now over. The YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ is stable and “easy-in, easy-out” just as advertised.
Judy and David W.
A really great product (YAK-A-LAUNCHER™) even better than our first one. Very high grade packing no chance of damage. Instructions very clear and pics show we launched!
What more could we ask!!
One very small suggestion—- when you wrap the items so carefully it might be worth putting small tags on the end of the cling wrap so it makes it easy to see where to start unwrapping. They are so well wrapped it is not easy to see where to start the unwrap process and I did not want to use a knife.
Many many thanks for a terrific product (YAK-A-LAUNCHER™) which will give us many hours of pleasure and make it so simple to use our kayaks now and fresh water so we may leave it in while we are here.
Judy B & David W
West River MD
My wife and I would like to express our gratitude for the excellent service and attention to business we were provided by Al Privette. Our purchase of his YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ was truly a pleasant experience. His desire to provide us with the right product to meet our needs as well as follow up service as needed is a rare find in today’s business world. Between the positive attitude, the quality of product and customer support from almost 3000 miles away via e-mail convinced us that Al is truly dedicated to his products and customers.
Gary B., Moses Lake, WA
We had a complete novice that had never been in a kayak before launch and land with no problem at all. My wife’s cousin is a US Parks Ranger and was so excited that this would answer a problem that one of his kayak concession owners is having with getting novice kayakers on and off the dock in times when there is no beach to land on. I can say that all were impressed with the YAK-A-LAUNCHER™, especially me. It worked perfectly.
Thanks. We had a lot of company these last few weeks and everyone loved using the YAK-A-LAUNCHER™. Even folks who were new to kayaking enjoyed the launcher and it took a lot of the “fear” out of trying. Thanks for the best new addition to our watersport enjoyment!
David T, Onancock, VA
The Sail Shop
We have a kayak rental and tour service on Bald Head Island, NC where we have been using our YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ for 7 years to help our customers get in and out of the kayaks. This launching device in particular fits our needs perfectly because it is light and portable enough to take out of the water daily while still sturdy enough for years of commercial use/abuse. We just ordered and received a new YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ and could not be happier with the product and customer service. Thanks so much!
Thank you so much!
Dan S, The Sail Shop, http://www.riversideadventure.com/
I do want to say how much I LOVE the YAK-A-LAUNCHER™!! I have used it several times already this week and I have used it 100% by myself with no issues at all!!! We actually took Drew out kayaking….which, since he doesn’t have good use of his right arm/hand means that Wade put him in the front of our 2 person kayak and paddled him around. Drew was able to step down onto the floating dock, over onto the YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ and climb into the kayak with no assistance! And no tripping! Your invention is the best!! Our neighbors came over to observe it in use and were also very impressed. Thank you so very much for the independence that you have given me!
Happy launching indeed! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy kayaking and how much the anxiety of the launch process just put a damper on my enthusiasm and caused me to almost dread going!! Now I have nothing but positive anticipation of getting to use my new YAK-A-LAUNCHER™!!! Thanks also for the paddling tips! I have noticed a big difference in cutting the strokes down to stay at “hip level”….and I have been playing with the turns too! I have told all of my friends about the YAK-A-LAUNCHER™ and they are all looking forward to checking it out.
Thanks again, my new best friend!!!
Kelly M, Raleigh, NC
I want to thank you for your prompt and courteous service during our purchases, assemblies and installation of our Kayak Launcher and Roll Aid. This equipment has made it easy for the initiated and our uninitiated guests to enter, exit and to store our kayaks. The system is well designed, highly functional and durable.
Thank you so much!
Jim T, Wisconsin
Al Privette, you are a genius!
We got one dry spell yesterday, put the launcher together, and set off. I own the water!!! Thank you, thank you. It worked perfectly, both getting in and getting out. These old knees really appreciate that little boost from the hand rail above.
What I really want to say is how beautifully it is designed and executed. The materials are top grade and the fit of everything is solid and water-tight. It was reassuring to see the quality of the parts as we unpacked them; even better to see how well it went together, and how well it worked!
Your instructions booklet was a real help. Best assembly instructions I’ve ever seen with all the pictures, captions, and tips. You are a perfectionist.
It’s is a good thing it is raining, otherwise you’d have to wait and wait to hear from me. I love being back on the water.
Thank you. It has been a pleasure. I’ve loved your emails, and your launcher is perfect. What more can I say? You’re better than Santa Claus.
Al, just want everyone to know how much I love my Kayak Dock/Launcher. I am 73 years old, with artificial shoulders and hips, so being able to go out on my kayak by myself without help is a blessing. It is the best money I have spent in a long time. I also have a Bed and Breakfast in Hampstead, on the intercoastal waterway, so now my guests can easily get in and out of the kayaks, even the first time. It really gives them the confidence to try, and they love it! It is also light enough that I can pull it out of the water onto the dock by myself (so it doesn’t get barnacles). Thank you so much for inventing something that improves my quality of life!
Bed and Breakfast at Mallard Bay
Hampstead, NC 28443
I’m happy with it! Smooth assembly, great quality, easy to use. My wife and I were delighted take our maiden voyages in our new kayaks from our new dock, thanks to our new Yak-a-Launcher.
Wow! Thank you for the quick reply. You are so right about the launch being portable, and when we pulled it out so easily I realized that the solution to my problem was to periodically pull the launch out and clean it. It would take about ten minutes every three-four months. This launch is a great product for old people like me. I call it a people launcher.
Keep up the good work,
Al, thanks so much! I am the primary user of this launcher, which Steve gave me for my birthday last year, and I absolutely LOVE it. I am 56 years old and have serious back and neck issues, and I get in and out of my kayak with ease using this! I hope the business takes off for you – this is a brilliant idea and great product!
The launch is a big hit with all, even the younger set is impressed with it. Good work on the design, construction and delivery. Does everything it is supposed to do! Center Harbor docks should stock a couple of them. Thanks again.
Hi Al, I finally got back to the beach. Yesterday was a perfect day for a kayak ride after golf. I took a long ride, about four miles. I was able to launch and return using your yak-a-launcher like a pro. It sure makes the process easier. Thanks again for all your help.
I just wanted to let you know that my Yak-A-Launcher is absolutely wonderful! I can’t believe how much easier it makes it for me to be able to enter and exit my kayak from our sea wall regardless of the water / lake level. I’m so happy I found this – thank you!
Roger and Georgeann
The roll-Aid arrived this afternoon and we immediately put it on our dock! Your instructions were perfect and it went as smoothly as could be! We tested it out with both a kayak and our 18 foot canoe and it was wonderful! We are so grateful for this discovery and to work with you and your product. You have been great at customer service and we truly appreciated your integrity, concern, and your quality product. Now we’re thinking we might want a second one for the back of the dock on the opposite side. We’re going to give it a day or two to mull it over and we’ll let you know.
Thank you so much!
Roger & Georgeann
The Launcher arrived today. The quality and care in packaging exceeded my expectations.
Putting it together was easy even for someone as mechanically challenged as me, though I think there may have been a small change in design since you put those instructions together? The fittings on the entry roller bar seem a little different from your description.
I’ve now tried it and first time and entry, docking and exit were easy and so much better than my current system. I think you may have extended my kayaking into advanced old age.
Only one minor issue. When I stand on the pontoon to wrap the bow line around the handrail in preparation for getting in the kayak, my weight is enough to depress the rollers and the kayak floats free. We had a combination of breeze and tide that promptly wanted to wash the kayak out of the launcher. But it really is a minor issue now that I’m aware of it.
Now waiting for my wife to come home and give it a try. Since she’s more agile than me, even with bad knees, I’m sure she will have no problem.
Thanks for a really great piece of equipment. I imagine some potential customers might be concerned about the price but the alternative systems I was considering were all several times more expensive and I genuinely doubt they would be any better.
Just wanted to let you know that I put the launcher together without much drama at all and am using it regularly. It is a life-saver. I have so much more confidence and peace of mind in getting in my kayak off our dock. Great job. And thanks so much.
I unboxed the launcher this afternoon. My hat is off to you sir. I must say it is the most carefully and meticulously packaged item of this sort that I’ve ever purchased…
…The launcher is working out perfectly. We’ve had a chance to use it several times since we cleaned up after Mathew came through HHI and it has totally changed our kayaking experience. It’s a joy to get on the 11 mile lagoon now…..no more dread about getting in and out….which took more than a bit of the pleasure away from what should be 100% enjoyable experience.
Robert and Sondra Rothenbach
What a pleasure to deal with an honest man in today’s world. Yes we love our new toy! A pleasure to use. Thanks again for being so easy to deal with.
Robert & Sondra Rothenbach
I love my kayak launcher… It was very easy to put together and connect to dock… Our water level changes on occasion, so my husband and brother screwed two boards from dock to below the water line to keep launcher from ducking under the dock. They also put some carpet on them to protect the pontoon… It works easily for us to enter and exit our kayaks. I have sent info to another friend who also has problems with their kayaks.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your creative ingenuity that solved our problem. It was exactly our theory of what was needed. We are considering also lifting it up on the pontoon (it it relatively light)to take across the lake to the restaurant.
Will let you know how that works.
Cheryl M., Birchwood, Wi
Ayers Creek Adventures
We have been using our Yak-a-Launcher for 6 years and couldn’t be happier. The launcher has enabled us to introduce paddle sports to hundreds of individuals that otherwise may have never given it a try. We find the biggest fear of many of our customers is how to get in and out of the kayak.
Once they hear about our launcher or see pictures of it on our website they are more comfortable. The launcher has allowed us to guarantee a safe and dry entry and exit to all of our customers. The launcher has also enabled us to more easily accommodate those with hip issues, knee issues, and several amputees who have found the launcher to be a great benefit when trying to enter and exit the kayak. It works well for individuals of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
We have a large group of older residents who were able to check kayaking off their bucket list after reading about our Yak-a-Launcher. Many of them have continued to come back year after once the discovered the serenity and enjoyment of paddling. An added benefit of the launcher is that it enables us to extend our season from very early spring until late fall without requiring our customers to get their feet wet.
The Yak-a-Launcher is easy to install, easy to use, and easy to maintain. The launcher is very well constructed and very durable. We have used it for 6 years and have literally launched several thousand kayaks each year. We have only had one issue with the launcher at the very end of the the 6th season.
We emailed get kayaktive and had a response and a solution within minutes. The replacement part was here the next day and we were back in business. We were extremely pleased and impressed with the speed and efficiency of the response and the replacement part was provided at no charge. We had fully expected to pay something due to 6 years of wear and tear. However Al stands behind his product and took care of everything for us.
If you are looking for a quality and effective solution for launching your kayak year round the Yak-a-Launcher is your answer. We can attest that it is well worth the investment and will provide many years of use.
Steven and Suzy Taylor
Ayers Creek Adventures.
What a fantastic package with illustrations and everything anyone would need to put the launcher in the water. To include bow and dock lines along with the hardware for the dock is incredible. Well done my friend.
It is beautiful and went together so easy. Thank you so much for the assistance. Al you did mention in one of your emails you may supply a couple of extra rollers based on the problems I had last year with birds eating the Nitrile padding. I still have one extra short roller that I purchased last year. Let’s keep it like it is and if I need another roller this year I will let you know. I think I have the bird situation under control. Thank you again for the assistance and friendship.
Finally, attached are some pictures of my friend & neighbor, Charlie, using the launcher to easily get into a canoe. Charlie has two knee replacements and had given up canoeing/kayaking because of the difficulty getting in and out of them. Now, with the launcher, he regularly boats on Trout Lake in Eustis, FL.
Have been waiting to reply until I had some photos of me and my new launcher and a son to show me how to attach them in a message to you.
You have built the most marvelous aid to launching for all the family who have tried it out and all love the ease of it, me especially now at 82 feeling less and less agile. I cannot thank you enough for your creativity and your service to me. The quality is superb and you have thought of everything to make it easy to use. As you can see it works equally well for my new light weight carbon fusion canoe as well as kayaks. It has made a huge difference to my boating pleasures. With your Yak a Launcher I can now use my boats as easily as I could 40 years ago. I had almost become land bound.
Of course you are welcome to quote me, even use my name if you wish. I am enormously grateful.
Well, I can’t believe how easy using the launch was….very safe, very stable, I think its easier than getting in off of a concrete boat ramp…it was even a bit windy, but no troubles!! Tiny learning curve getting up onto it far enough when getting out of the water…but Bruce made me do a practice run, so the second one was a piece of cake 🙂 Now its locked to my dock, and I can’t wait to use it again tomorrow and for many years to come!! Great invention… wonder what you’ll come up with next!!!
Thanks again for everything,
I live in a condominium on Lake Washington in Seattle. There are a number of residence in the community who enjoy kayaking. The Yak-A-Launcher is a perfect answer for safely and quickly getting on and off the water.
It is very sturdy, well made, and no moving parts to breakdown. Not only can I testify to great satisfaction with the launcher, but a side note to how much care goes in to the product, it arrives packaged just as professionally as it is made. It arrived in Seattle from North Carolina wrapped as if it were fine china. The instructions for assembly are extremely well thought out.
Paddling in Seattle,