I am in the market for a car and of course I would like to make that car practical for hauling my gear around. Ideally I would like a completely flat boot so I can slide my twinset in and kit up / dekit with ease. Trying to kit up and dekit when there is deep boot lip is PITA and does my back no favours. Unfortunately flat boots tend to appear on family estates, SUVs and mpv / van esque models. Given other competing requirements of the car and my budget I may unfortunately need to accept the fact that I will get something like hatchback which means a boot lip.
What DIY solutions are there to get around the boot lip problem?
One diver I know has short plank with a pair of legs screwed to one end. He rests the unsupported end on the boot lip and the legs on the ground. This gives him a kitting up bench. Twinset gets hand lifted onto it, kit up, throw assembly into the boot. For dekitting simply reverse the process.
Another option that has occurred to me would be to build a simple wooden frame that fits in half the width of the boot and its the right height to match the boot lid. When not diving this can be lifted out and stored at home.
Any tips or suggestions welcome.