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Loading kayak on small car.

Here's the scoop. The roof rack is on the van. The van is anywhere from one to two hundred miles away. I want to take the polyetheylene kayak but only the Geo prizm is home. Any tips or hints to help with loading it on the prizm into molded foam padding without damaging the kayak or vehicle? I had trouble placing it keel side down as it oil cans when I pull down on the tie down straps. I now have been using a step and horsing it up rolling onto the deck as I go. It seems like a wrestling match to me and I figured someone else has been in the same situation and has some insight.