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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Yakima accessories and parts part number Y04068 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Great prices 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

  • Watersport Carriers
  • Load Assists
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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



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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (26 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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I absolutely needed a roller like this to get our 14-15' Kayaks on top of our mid-size SUV. We roll it on from behind the vehicle and plop it in to the V of the kayak rack (Swagman EXO Aero on OEM Porsche crossbars.) Installation was a little tricky to get it all to line up, and I had to reverse the latches at the back or the latch wouldn't be usable up against the V saddle. Maybe that is why it whistles? It whistles going down the road. The V-rack alone doesn't make much noise, but adding this roller introduced a (not too bad) whistle.

Normal use, the rollers are as far back as possible and still avoid hitting the hatch when it opens. It is perfect in this location for loading/unloading kayaks (thankfully.) Slight down-side is the roller ends up being right above the OEM SiriusXM satellite antenna. I leave it in place most of the time, but you can unlatch it and push the rollers forward out of the way of that.

It flexes more than expected with 50 Lb. kayaks being loaded, and sliding it fore/aft is a bit of a pain as it binds. Overall, I'm pleased with it. Wish it didn't whistle.




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LOVE this Yakima Showboat load assist roller! As a 60 year old woman with arthritis throughout my body, I wouldn’t be able to go paddleboarding or rowing alone without this wonderful gadget! etrailer staff are superb!




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I have the ShowBoat 66 and the Big Catch Carrier on my Toyota Highlander, and these work great together loading my Old Town Salty kayak on top of my Highlander.




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I received a used a box with missing parts and it was delivered by UPS!
I reached to etrailer customer service and they sent me a replacement but now I am not dealing with UPS wanting all kinds of pictures of proof of damages that I didn’t cause.




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This item was very useful. Too bad Yakima took over a year to build mine.




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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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Easy to install and sturdy. I carry a 9' pontoon boat on my camper shell using this rack at freeway speeds with no problems.




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Easy to install and sturdy. I carry a 9' pontoon boat on my camper shell using this rack at freeway speeds with no problems.




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Sturdy, easy to install, and makes loading SO easy!




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Exactly what was ordered in protected packaging. No damage.




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Oder came on time and is exactly what I wanted to help loading my canoe on my truck. Good quality product and great service!




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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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Great price, simple/easy checkout, and extremely fast shipping!




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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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Two person job to install, but cleverly engineered.




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  • 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 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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  • Does Yakima Showboat 66 Fit OEM Crossbars of 2022 Chevy Traverse
    Yes, I checked with Yakima and they have their Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carrier # Y04068 as a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2022 Chevy Traverse.
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  • Does Yakima Showboat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller Fit 2022 Subaru Outback Wagon
    Yes, the Yakima Showboat part # Y04068 that you referenced does fit the factory crossbars of your 2022 Subaru Outback.
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  • Does Yakima Showboat 66 Fit 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Factory Crossbars
    I checked with Yakima just now and they confirmed that the Yakima Showboat 66 part # Y04068 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe.
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  • Will The Yakima Showboat 66 Work With Factory Crossbars On A 2020 Subaru
    I have a solution for you. Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # Y04068. This will fit with most roof mounted kayak carriers and will mostly likely need to be installed under your cross bars. It is compatible with round, square, aero, elliptical and most factory crossbars. You may have issues with factory cross bars and canoes due to the spacing. Just read the instructions and you'll be fine.
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  • Extension Length of the Yakama Show Boat Loader
    Thanks for the picture! The Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers item # Y04068 will extend 30" from your rear cross bar with a 45 lbs kayak. I can't tell for sure by your picture whether or not you have 30 inches but it looks like you should have plenty of room.
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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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  • Will Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller Fit OEM Roof Rack on a 2019 Honda CR-V
    Yes, the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller # Y04068 will fit and work great for the factory roof rack on your 2019 Honda CR-R. Attached is a review video for you to check out.
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  • Can Yakima ShowBoat Be Used with Canoe on Factory Crossbars
    In regards to the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers part # Y04068, you can use a canoe with factory crossbars but you need to be careful of the boat weight and crossbar spread which you can see from the chart below. Unfortunately, this is the only option we have for load assist with factory crossbars.
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  • How High Will The Yakima Showboat 66 Sit Above The Crossbars
    I had a Yakima ShowBoat 66 # Y04068 pulled from the warehouse so I could put it together and get you the measurement and found that it will sit approximately 3" above your crossbars. The extra 3/4" of overall height is just the lower portion of the clamp that grips your crossbars. While it is a hassle to get up and take things off of your crossbars repeatedly, this is going to be the shortest option available to my knowledge. The only other way to lower your height would be to use crossbars...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2021 Kia Niro OEM Roof Rack Fitment with Yakima ShowBoat and BigCatch
    The Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller # Y04068 is designed to work with saddle-style kayak/canoe carriers so it will work great in conjunction with the Yakima BigCatch Kayak Carrier # Y04091. Since all of these pieces are adjustable I don't see you having any issues getting everything loaded up on your 2021 Kia Niro OEM roof rack.
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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 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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  • 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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  • Will the Rhino-Rack Universal Load Assist Work On a Subaru Outback
    I do have an option for you but most load assists like the Rhino-Rack Universal Load Assist part # RR-RUSL won't work on factory roof racks as they require overhang which the flush systems don't have. Instead, I recommend the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller for Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers part # Y04068.
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  • What Canoe Saddles and Load Assist do You Recommend for Thule Crossbars on My 2022 Volvo V60?
    Great questions. I went ahead and reached out to my tech at Yakima, and he said that he does not recommend using the Yakima SweetRoll # Y04074. This is because the SweetRoll was specially designed for kayaks and paddleboards and does not have the same support as a canoe carrier. Based on your question, I am assuming you have Thule crossbars on your 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country. Even though the SweetRoll technically fits with Thule crossbars, I recommend the Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Roof Rack for 2023 Subaru Outback Wagon to Carry Two Yakima BigCatch Carriers
    The Yakima BigCatch part # Y04091 that you referenced does fit the OEM crossbars of your 2023 Subaru Outback Wagon but two of them wouldn't work with your boats on the shorter crossbars of your vehicle's roof rack. The roof rack that fits your vehicle that has the longest crossbars which would give you ability to carry two of these carriers would be the Rhino Rack roof rack part numbers # RRVA150B-2 and # RRSX100 which will give you a set of 59 inch bars. This would also be compatible...
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