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Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers

Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers

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This load-assist roller takes the strain out of lifting your kayak or canoe onto your roof. The padded roller slides out to protect the rear of your vehicle during loading, and it moves left to right so you can load multiple boats on your rack. Call 800-298-1624 to order Yakima accessories and parts part number Y04068 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Yakima Accessories and Parts - Y04068

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This load-assist roller takes the strain out of lifting your kayak or canoe onto your roof. The padded roller slides out to protect the rear of your vehicle during loading, and it moves left to right so you can load multiple boats on your rack.


Features:

  • Load-assist system takes the strain out of lifting a kayak or canoe up and onto your roof-mounted saddle-style carrier (sold separately)
  • Integrated roller slides out over the rear of your vehicle so you can easily load a boat onto your roof
    • Extends out up to 34" from rear roof-rack crossbar
    • Lets you load kayak onto roof without making contact with your vehicle
  • Levers on mounting brackets provide easy operation
    • Release to slide roller in and out out
    • Close to lock system in place on roof rack
  • Side-to-side adjustment ensures perfect positioning
    • Move system from one side of vehicle to the other to load additional boat
  • Padding provides protection for the hull of your watercraft
  • Compatible with most roof-mounted kayak carriers
  • Powder coat finish and stainless steel and brass hardware resist rust and corrosion
  • Simple installation on top of or beneath your existing roof-rack crossbars
    • Canoe loading typically requires under-crossbar mounting to provide space for gunwale brackets
  • Theft-deterring hardware secures system to roof-rack crossbars
    • Requires special tool (included) to loosen


Specs:

  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical and most factory crossbars
    • Canoe loading not allowed when using factory crossbars
  • Roller width: 44-1/4"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


ShowBoat Setup

Use the chart below to set up your roof rack for use with the ShowBoat.


Boat WeightCrossbar SpreadMaximum Roller Extension
Up to 35 lbs24" to 28"34"
35 lbs to 50 lbs24" to 32"30"
50 lbs to 80 lbs30" to 38"24"


8004068 Yakima Show Boat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers

Installation Details Y04068 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Y04068

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (9 Customer Reviews)

This load-assist roller takes the strain out of lifting your kayak or canoe onto your roof. The padded roller slides out to protect the rear of your vehicle during loading, and it moves left to right so you can load multiple boats on your rack.

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Plan on investing some time during the installation aligning the components for smooth operation, but afterwards you will have what appears to be the best solution available for use with factory roof racks (Subaru Outback). Used in combination with a cart, you will never need to pickup the full weight of the boat again.



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Works great with 12 ft Hobie kayak.



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The show boat 66 is very easy to install and works well to extend over my rear spoiler on my 2004 4runner to load my kayak by myself.



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The Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller offers a significant assist when independently loading heavy, lengthy kayaks. Installation proved a bit challenging to get all things fully squared and sliding easily, but once accomplished, this item is a winner.



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Two person job to install, but cleverly engineered.



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Ask the Experts about this Yakima Accessories and Parts

  • Yakima ShowBoat Load Assist Roller Vertical Clearance For Additional Accessories
    I spoke to Yakima and they informed me that the height of the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller # Y04068 is 2". Since your factory cross bars do have a curve in them you will want to measure your cross bar clearance at where the ShowBoat will mount. The widest mounting points are going to be 44" from outside to outside of the mounts on your cross bars.
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  • Will Yakima ShowBoat 66 Kayak Carrier Fit Malone Crossbars On 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus?
    Since you have Malone Aero Crossbars like the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack - Aero Crossbars - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - 58" Long # MPG216 on your 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus you will be able to use the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # Y04068 you were looking at without any issues. Keep in mind the # Y04068 requires at least a 24" crossbar spread.
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  • Which Saddle Style Kayak Carrier to Pair with Yakima Showboat 66 on 2019 Subaru Outback
    The Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # Y04068 will work on the factory crossbars of your 2019 Subuaru Outback and is a great option to keep your spoiler protected while loading up your boat. I recommend pairing this load assist with the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On # RR570, which will also fit on your factory crossbars and comes with tie-down straps included. When used with the Showboat 66 it gives...
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  • Will the Yakima ShowBoat part # Y04068 Fit on to Thule Square Brs
    The Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers part # Y04068 Is designed to fit all types of crossbars including square bars. It's roller width is 44 1/4" so it will take up alot of your bars width but because the roller sits behind your crossbars it should not offer interference with the roof basket. You will just be using the portion of your roller closer to the kayak carriers to load. With the 22" Width of your kayak and the 23" width of the Skinny...
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  • Does The Yakima ShowBoat 66 Load Assist Work On A 2020 Toyota 4Runner With Factory Crossbars?
    In regard to the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller # Y04068, Yakima states that canoe loading is not recommended when paired with factory crossbars. I really like this carrier as it is affordable yet very effective when trying to load a canoe with one person so I recommend going with aftermarket crossbars to accommodate this. Since it sounds like your 2020 Toyota 4Runner has the factory raised rails (not flush rails) then I recommend looking into Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack...
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  • Will the Yakima Showboat 66 Work on a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 80-lbs Fishing Kayak
    We do not have dimensions on specific vehicles when it comes to the Yakima Showboat 66 # Y04068, so you will need to measure the distance from your rear crossbar to the end of the vehicle to determine if that extra 24" provided by the Showboat is going to be sufficient. If it's not, you may need to go with a side-loading carrier with lift assist like the Thule Hullavator # TH898. This carrier does require 4"-8" outside of the towers to work, but it would be the best solution if you can't...
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  • Thule Rack and Carrier for Transporting a Canoe on a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    The Thule Wingbars, part # TH711520, and the Thule Portage Canoe Carrier, part # TH819, should work for transporting your canoe, but there are a few things you will need to keep in mind. First, you need to consider the weight capacity of your 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Thule rack can handle 220 pounds, but the carrier can only handle 150, meaning you're canoe can't be more than 150 pounds. Luckily, most canoes are between 30 and 85 pounds, so the rack and carrier will be able to accommodate...
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  • Will The Yakima ShowBoat Work With A 2021 Toyota 4Runner
    We can not guarantee that the Yakima ShowBoat Load Assist Roller # Y04068 will not interfere with your rear hatch on your 2021 Toyota 4Runner. However, the Yakima ShowBoat does sit 2" above your crossbars, so you may have enough clearance. What you can do is, measure the height of your rear hatch right now and determine if when the ShowBoat is installed, you will have enough clearance. You also should account for the overhang on your Kayak's as well.
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  • Can the Yakima ShowDown be Used to Carry a Canoe
    If you'd rather not go with the Rhino-Rack load assist then I do have another option from Yakima but it won't be the ShowDown. When I checked with Yakima the ShowDown is only designed to be used with a kayak as well so it's out of the running. The solution would be to use the Yakima KeelOver # Y04069 along with the ShowBoat 66 # Y04068 so that you can load your canoe from the back of your vehicle. This will only be adding 5/8" of height to the canoe as it sits on your roof and will allow...
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  • Does Yakima ShowBoat Come with Saddle Carriers
    The Yakima ShowBoat 66 # Y04068 only comes with the bars and does not come with the saddle carriers like you mentioned in the picture. You'd have to add that on separately with a carrier like the Malone SaddleUp Pro part # MPG110MD.
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  • Can the Yakima ShowBoat Be Used With Factory Xterra Crossbars
    Though I may have a solution for you, the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # Y04068 cannot be used with factory crossbars. This is due to the size of the crossbars that came from Nissan. They are quite a bit larger than what everyone else uses and the clamps that attach to said crossbars cannot accommodate for this. This will go for all the assisted loaders and most other accessories as well, unfortunately. With that said, the solution I...
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  • Does the Yakima Showboat Come With Crossbars Included
    No. The Yakima Showboat # Y04068 does not come with crossbars included because while crossbars might be fairly straight forward the mounting towers for each individual vehicle are an extremely mixed bag; I'm not aware of any changes that have been made that now includes the cross bars with the Showboat though. It looks like your 2019 Honda CR-V might already have factory installed crossbars, so the only other components you would need are the kayak carriers. For kayak carriers the Showboat...
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  • Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier for Canoe
    Yes, the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers item # Y04068 will work with a canoe. I recommend adding the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier item # Y04074 since the saddles can tilt to match perfectly to the hull of your canoe. They have an 80 lbs weight capacity which will accommodate most canoes.
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  • Will the Thule Hullavator Work on 2013 Lexus RX 350 With Factory Crossbars
    I do have an option to carry kayaks with load assist but the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 won't work with factory crossbars. Instead, I recommend using the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller part # Y04068 with the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier part # Y04074 which is the best option for load assist with factory crossbars. There really aren't may other options unfortunately due to their being no overhang on the crossbars which is what the issue is with most...
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  • Suggestions On How One Person Can Load And Unload A Kayak On A 2006 Honda Odyssey
    The best and easiest way to accomplish this is to use the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack # MPG215, which is compatible with your 2006 Honda Odyssey. Then, use the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # Y04068. This has an integrated roller to allow you to load and unload your kayak onto the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X. The reason you should need the aftermarket crossbars is because the Yakima ShowBoat is not recommended for...
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  • Yakima Sweetroll vs Yakima Deckhand for a 2021 Hobie Compass Kayak
    Since your biggest concern is how well the saddles would fit the hull shape of your Hobie Compass I would recommend the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier # Y04074 since the saddles can tilt to match perfectly to the hull of the kayaks it carries. This also will work great with the Yakima Showboat 66 # Y04068 you are planning on getting as well.
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