I wandered around the hardware store for an hour imagining what I could do with different things, and walked out with two 4-foot PVC pipes, some pulleys, hooks, and rope. And a stud finder, which Erik later ruined by dropping into the toilet. He had fun for awhile walking around making it beep. No idea why he thought it should get flushed away.
And there you have it, super easy canoe storage that you can pull up with one hand!
Some simple pulley action doubles the lifting weight, and splitting it up over both sides means you just have to pull 5 pounds to lift the canoe up to the ceiling. I can easily walk under it without it being anywhere near my head — which also means I can just drive the car under it and drop the canoe straight onto the racks. What a time saver.