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Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars - Qty 4

Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars - Qty 4

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Don't freak out when searching for an affordable roof-rack kayak carrier - keep an EvenKeel. This system offers 4 flexible saddles that firmly grip your hull and includes BowStern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps for complete boat stability. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Yakima. Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars - Qty 4 part number Y04052 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Yakima Watersport Carriers - Y04052

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Yakima
  • Saddle-Style
  • Factory Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Clamp On
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Non-Locking

Don't freak out when searching for an affordable roof-rack kayak carrier - keep an EvenKeel. This system offers 4 flexible saddles that firmly grip your hull and includes BowStern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps for complete boat stability.


  • Complete, affordable system for carrying 1 kayak
    • Mounts to round, square and most factory crossbars - no adapter required
      • Adjusts to crossbar size with a turn of the integrated knob
    • Includes BowStern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps
      • Straps provide additional stability
      • BowStern tie-downs engage with easy-to-use, ratcheting pulley
        • Sliding plastic tubes protect your vehicle from friction damage
  • Innovative HullFlex technology
    • Flexible cradles conform to any hull shape
  • Security bolts included to secure saddles to your roof-rack crossbars
  • Quick and easy, tool-free installation


  • Quantity: 4 saddles
  • Capacity: 1 boat per 4 saddles
  • Weight capacity: 80 lbs
  • Application: round, square and most factory crossbars
    • When mounted on round bars, EvenKeel has the potential to slide - use with caution
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Lifetime warranty

EvenKeel easy adjustment knob

The EvenKeel adjusts easily with an integrated knob to fit round, square or factory roof-rack crossbars. The claw loosens or tightens depending on the size of your crossbars to create a safe, secure grip.

8004052 Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof Rack Crossbars - Qty 4

Replaces Yakima Y04030 (8004030) and Y05007 (8005007)

Installation Details Y04052 Installation instructions

Video of Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars - Qty 4

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars, part number Y04052. These cradles are great for securing kayaks, paddle boards, sail boards or even small boats at the rooftop of your vehicle. These cradles are designed with the innovative HullFlex technology. As you can see, no matter what type of boat that we're going to be putting on here, it's going to conform nicely. We've also got nice gripping pads. They're going to prevent any forward and back movement. These are designed to mount on to round, square and most factory crossbars with no adapter needed. Simply by turning the integrated knob, we can tighten these right down to fit on to our crossbars with no tools required. Now that we've gone over the features, let's show you how to get the EvenKeel installed on your vehicle.

As you can see, we've already gotten three of ours taken care of. I wanted to show you how the fourth is going to fit on. We'll start with our small rubber gripper or rubber spacer. That's going to be fitted in to the thinker side. See how this one is a little bit thinner, this one is a little bit thicker. We're going to place that right in and just give it a little push to make sure it firmly sits.

That's a nice gripping material. It's going to help hold our EvenKeel in place as we mount it on to the roof of the vehicle. We'll now place it right up. We'll pull the slack out as you can see. This is going to free up our handle back here. With just a few quick turns, we'll have that gripping on to our load bar.

Let's take a quick look just to be sure we have both pads in line with each other. We want to keep them even. We don't want them staggered. We'll make a small adjustment to that and then I'll continue right here on the back just tightening down the black knob. As you can see, nice and secure. We're not going to have to worry about this going anywhere. A nice feature that Yakima has provided for us.

If we want to secure these to the vehicle and help to ensure that nobody is going to get them off, they supply us with a small screw anyhow until we need. That goes right into the small hole. Then we just thread that on end. Once we've got that secured, that's going to keep anybody from loosening up our T-handle and removing it from our vehicle, so it's a very nice, safe way to keep our cradles intact and on our vehicle. Now that we've got all four of them installed on the vehicle, let's go ahead and get our kayak loaded up. Place it right up on our saddles. Let's take a quick look to kind of center it up. Then we'll be able to take the two heavy-duty straps. These are provided from Yakima as well. As you can see, just standard cam buckle-style strap, really nice heavy duty material. We're going to bring that around the underside of our load bar, then we're going to send that over to the other side to where we can get it. Over here, the exact same thing is going to happen. We're going to bring this around the underside, pull our slack through, then we'll send that back over, and then the tag end fit right through the cam buckle. We can pull out our slack. You want to be sure that you don't have your straps twisted up or anything that can cause interference. Get it to a position where we want it. Pull out our slack. As you can see, even with just installed, it's really holding that nice and secure. Now it's time to secure our tag end here. In most cases with these cam buckle-style straps, we can just stick that in behind, then we'll just slide it on up. That's going to hold it there nicely for us. Let's come on to the rear here and do that exact same thing. Around the underside. We're just going to kind of use that as a weight to hold that in place while we get it ran across. You can see we're that tight. We're nice and secure. We'll just tidy up our strap again. Now with that up out of the way and secure, let's take care of securing our bow and our stern. Now we're going to need to secure both the front and rear of water craft or whatever type of watercraft or boat that we're going to be using. They've included the bow and the stern straps for us. We don't have to worry about that. As far as the cam buckle side goes, that'll go through the connection point. Then we'll go through that looped in, then allow that to cinch down. That connection made, we're going to take our second strap. It, again, has a loop just like the first one does. This one's also going to have a protective sleeve. This is going to go right up against our bumper or whatever area the strap might come in contact with, and protect us from having any additional wear or rub marks there. We'll just find a good solid metal connection point that we want to use. We'll feed our strap through. Just like we had done on the top there, we'll loop that through and take out our slack. Then you'll see our protector's going to be right there on that edge where we're going to need it the most, keeping us from doing any kind of damage or any kind of scraping on our car. Right across there, it will rest right up there for us. We'll not bring it right up to our cam buckle. The tag end goes through. Then we'll pull the slack out. Give us a nice secure hold here on the front. Then, as always, we'll secure tag end here. Then we'll head to the rear and get that one taken care of. Now in situations where we don't have a good connection point to use - Let's say if our kayak didn't have that nice open handle on it. It just had a small hook or a small hook connection point like what we're seeing here on the top. They also supply us with S hooks. You can see we'll just connect that into our circular, whatever opening we may have up there that's going to be usable, then we'll hook our strap right to that, giving us another secure connection. Just like before, we'll go around something nice and secure, some kind of metal bracket, a tow hook, or whatever you might have on your vehicle that you can make a connection with. Allow our bumper protector or our protective strip to rest up any surface we would like it to protect. The tag end goes back through. Then we pull out the slack. Let's get this secured. Once we have these secured, we're going to be ready to go. It's a really good, cost-effective way of securing your kayak, paddle board, whatever you need to to get it to where you need to go. It has your balance stern tied down, which are included, your heavy-duty securing straps. Now that we've seen how it installs and how it works, let's head out to the test course and let you see what it looks like in action. We're going to start by going through the swell in 00:09:08. That will show you any side to side movement as if you we're changing lanes or doing some evasive maneuvers. We'll go around the corner, into a series of alternating speed bumps just to show us the torquing or twisting action on the rack, just like maybe hitting a pot hole or curb would. We'll then get into our solid speed bumps. This will show us the up and down movement, just like a driveway, a parking lot, or a parking garage might do. That will complete today's look at the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars, part number Y04052. .

Customer Reviews

Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars - Qty 4 - Y04052

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (18 Customer Reviews)

Don't freak out when searching for an affordable roof-rack kayak carrier - keep an EvenKeel. This system offers 4 flexible saddles that firmly grip your hull and includes BowStern tie-downs and heavy-duty straps for complete boat stability.

- Y04052

Excellent fit. Thank you 275952

- Y04052

The 4 SUV rack has been used to haul my Hobie Outback kayak. It has worked reasonably well but it is not ideal. The rubber fitted snap in inserts easily come out. In fact I lost a couple then removed the other 2. They hold the boat from sliding but also create friction when loading which is a pain. The plastic bases do not contour that great to my kayak and the boat shifts around pretty easily because of this and also the lack of rubber inserts. They are also 2-3 inches higher than the cross bars and so make lifting the boat a bit harder. I am still using them but have thought of finding something better. So far, I haven't found anything I like better. 560810

I recommend the Yakima kayak carrier part # Y04083-04082 for carrying your kayak. This carrier has a load assist feature in the form of 2 Padded, pivoting rollers that allow the kayak to be easily loaded from the rear of the vehicle. It also features felt covered saddle style paddles that hold the kayak in place but does not create issues with friction when loading.
-- Heather A - 09/04/2018


- Y04052

This product work ok for our use on top of our Jeep.. I would like to see this manufacturer or others make a kit to fit the round roof bar that are sold for most Keeps. 727753

- Y04052

After two trips to the lake, I'm happy with the performance of the Yakima EvenKeel saddles. They install in only minutes and are very secure on the factory cross bars of my 2011 Nissan Murano. Time will tell how well they hold up; but for now, I'm happy with my purchase and would certainly recommend them. Delivery was fast...they were actually delivered before the estimated delivery date. 712042

- Y04052

Nice riding pad for carrying kayak. 670964

- Y04052

Great product, BUT They broke off my cross bars. the info. stated they were universal but they fit but not very well after 3 uses they broke. :( 545510

- Y04052

Received my EvenKeel saddles two days before I drove 630 miles to Lake Superior. Easy installation. Great stability. Very secure. Very pleased so far. 410245

yup, still love my EvenKeel saddles.
Casey S - 08/21/2018


- Y04052

The kayak saddle kit(s) were just what I needed to carry two boats on top of my existing truck rack. They came out of the box and right onto the truck, fitting exactly as I hoped. The attachment mechanism is simple and strong, and can easily be adjusted to fit different kayaks which is important as we have some different ones we haul, depending on conditions. The saddles hold the kayaks firmly and the long straps included give plenty of extra length so there are no problems tying things down. We travel and camp all across the country and always take kayaks, so it is important to have a rack that we know will be secure and hold the boats firmly in all conditions. So much better than my jury rigged wood cradles I used previously. First trip starts tomorrow!!! etrailer had these in stock and shipped so fast, I was amazed, especially since it was a holiday weekend when I ordered. Great people to work with and I have never been disappointed with shipping, service or merchandise after buying from etrailer over several years. Can' say enough good things. 390353

- Y04052

This makes the second set of these I have purchased. Great poduct and handle our single kayaks as well as out tandem without issue. The tie down straps are a plus. 277290

- Y04052

I have just received my kayak kit, to be used on a Chevy Equinox. Here are my impressions so far. The rack arrived and contains everything I need to tie down my Kayak. The Bow / Stern lines have got a protective shielding on them to protect the paintwork, although I will add a piece of chamois under the straps. These straps include a metal hook to aid mounting to the vehicle under-body. On inspection there are unused (manufacturing??) holes on my vehicle both ends, so this should not be a problem.The rack adapters fitted my Chevy Equinox rack bars with a snug fit I could rock the car on the suspension. The main straps are more than adequate. Good product - see you on the water. 269484

I have used the rack several times now, it is a good solid product. As with all nylon tie downs, if youre going a distance - check the tension at each pit stop.
John G - 07/08/2017


- Y04052

Does what they are supposed to do. I would recommend 253395

- Y04052

Great product and it works perfectly on my 2013 RAV4 . 251713

- Y04052

Congratulations to Yakima. Even keel product is elegant, easy to use and robust- your competitors better start looking for another line of business. 241843

- Y04052

85lb Liquid Logic Deuce Coupe rides like a queen on top of the Even Keel Yakima rack. 65-70 mph in my suv no problem. I'm a very confident 1st time yak owner now! Thanks etrailer for the excellent customer service. 209811

I have not had opportunity to use the rack this year yet
Paul S - 07/05/2016


- Y04052

Good product and fast delivery... 208764

- Y04052

Very happy with my purchase Yakima Even Keel. And, very happy with etrailer.com. I will be a return customer. Attached are pics. 06' Nissan Xterra w/ Yakima Even Keel. 135908

- Y04052

Very happy with the Product. I have a canoe and now a kayak and wanted to carry on top of the car. Even though I have Yakima racks, I thought that these mounts to my SUV racks would be easier and they are. Service and communication was excellent. 118218

- Y04052

I have included a picture of my 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse, with the Yakima Q System and Even-Keel Kayak saddles. I also used a stretch Kit, which I picked up locally due to time constraints. I'll be sure to keep you guys in mind when I am ready to get additional parts for the system. 92522


Ask the Experts about this Yakima Watersport Carriers

  • Recommended Carrier for Kayak or Canoe On 2016 Ford F-250
    I recommend the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars # Y04052. These saddles will work well with kayaks up to 80 lbs in weight. This carrier is for kayaks only. If you are looking to carry a canoe, I recommend the Keelover # Y04069 which will carry a canoe turned upside down. These mounts don't work for both canoe and kayak, but are boat specific. If you don't already have a roof rack for your 2016 Ford F-250 Crew Cab, I recommend the Rhino-Rack consisting...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Carrying Kayak Heavier than 80 lbs
    I can't ever recommend you exceed the weight capacity of a roof carrier so you would need to go with a different setup than the # Y04052 that has an 80 lb capacity. The Rhino Rack Kayak Carrier part # S510 has a 99 lb capacity so it would do well for carrying your 84 lb WS ATAK. Be sure not to exceed the roof capacity of your vehicle as well.
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a Thule Xsporter Ladder Rack
    I have a solution for you, but the # Y04052 that you referenced won't fit the larger bars of the Xsporter ladder racks. Instead you would want the Hull-A-Port part # TH834 and the adapter # THXADAPT3 to allow it to fit the Xsporter bars.
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    For your 2000 Chevy Extended you can use the Rola Haul-Your-Might Truck Bed Ladder Rack - Aluminum - 400 lbs # 59742. This rack will give you 63 inch long aero bars that are compatible with roof rack accessories that either fit 4 inch wide bars or fit in the T-slots. The Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars # Y04052 you asked from will not fit these crossbar widths, so for a similar style carrier that is compatible I recommend the Malone SaddleUp Pro Truck Bed...
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  • Roof Carrier Options for Two 17-Foot Kayaks on Subaru XV Crosstrek
    Subaru rates the roof capacity of the 2014 and 2015 XV Crosstrek at 176-lbs maximum. This is the maximum combined weight of everything on it, an aftermarket roof rack, the roof cargo itself plus that of the carrier(s) used to hold it. If you have a different model year you'll want to check your manual to confirm its rating. An average 17-foot sea kayak weighs in at around 70-lbs. You will want to confirm the actual weight of your kayaks with their particular equipment to ensure that...
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  • Kayak Carrier Options to Carry 2 Kayaks on 2006 Honda Odyssey and 2008 Honda Pilot With Factory Rack
    We have many kayak carriers that will work with the factory roof racks on your 2006 Honda Odyssey and 2008 Honda Pilot. If you would like one kayak carrier for both of your kayaks, you may want to take a look at the Yakima BigStack 2 Kayak Carrier, # Y04041. The BigStack consists of two posts that support your kayaks and provides tie-down points to secure the kayaks to your roof. I have attached a demonstration video and installation instructions for you to check out. If you want...
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  • Recommended Ladder Rack to Use to Carry Kayaks
    From what I can tell, you're referring to the photo of the blue Ford F-150 in our review section. The customer used the MaxxTow Truck Bed Ladder Rack # MT70423. The ladder rack connects to the side rails of a truck bed. That particular customer used the Yakima EvenKeel Boat Saddles # Y04052 on the work and it worked great. I can't recommend using the MaxxTow rack on a trailer since this isn't what it was made for and hasn't been tested in such a way by the manufacturer. Especially,...
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  • Kayak Rack Recommendations for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
    Sounds like your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon has factory installed crossbars that run side to side so the Yakima BigStack, # Y04041, is a direct fit. It does come with everything you will need to mount the carrier and secure up to 2 kayaks. You will hook the straps to a metal surface on the bumper, tow loop or frame hole using the hook. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.
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  • Recommended Carrier for Two Kayaks for Yakima Round Crossbars on 2008 Toyota Highlander
    Because of the integral rollers, I really like the Yakima SweetRoll, part # Y04074. During a recent training session conducted here by the folks at Yakima, we got to test the SweetRoll Kayak Carrier. We were all impressed by how much easier the rollers made the task of loading a kayak. Due to the width of two kayaks sitting side by side, you should make sure your round crossbars are long enough. At a minimum, you'd need the # Y00409 58 inch bars. Each carrier includes two tie-down...
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  • Will Yakima EvenKeel Fit 2012 Nissan Xterra with Factory Crossbars.
    I double checked with Yakima and they do list the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052 as a fit for your 2012 Nissan Xterra with factory crossbars. The EvenKeel will include BowStern tie-downs to secure the front and rear of your kayak, as well as heavy-duty straps to secure your kayak to your roof rack. The HullFlex technology helps the flexible cradles conform to any hull shape. The installation instructions are linked for you, as well as a review video of the EvenKeel...
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  • Recommended Roof Mount Kayak Carrier For 2015 Toyota RAV4 With Factory Roof Rack
    Trying to just attach a kayak to the crossbars on your RAV4 can be a bit unstable as you mentioned. I do have a solution for you. I recommend the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles, part # Y04052. This system has 4 saddles that attach to the crossbars you have on your RAV4 roof. The system also comes with bow and stern tie-downs that help keep the kayak secure and keep it from sliding around. The carrier has a weight capacity of 80-lbs per kayak.
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Factory Bars of a 2015 Subaru Outback
    I checked with Yakima and the EvenKeel part # Y04052 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the factory crossbars of a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. Without knowing the width of the factory bars or how wide your kayak is it would be pretty hard for me to know what would fit next to it. Since you already have a bike rack and the only way to transport your kayak is on the roof you could try fitting both up there. And if needed you could always use a trunk rack for the bike like part...
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  • Kayak Carrying Options for 2007 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
    To carry your Kayak on the roof of your 2007 Dodge Ram Quad Cab, we have a few options. If you will be carrying the kayak pretty frequently, I recommend an actual Yakima Roof Rack system in conjunction with a Kayak carrier designed to work with the rack. A roof rack can be constructed by ordering the following parts: Crossbars, which come two to a set, part # Y00409. The Q Clips, which are the vehicle-specific clips that attach the rack to the vehicle, you would need two of part...
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  • Yakima Kayak Carrier Recommendation that Allow Kayak to Roll Up from Rear of Vehicle
    I have a great solution for you, but based on how you like to load your kayaks the Yakima EvenKeel # Y04052 would not be the ideal choice. For that you would want the Yakima SweetRoll part # Y04074 which is designed for loading in the exact way you like to. It has a roller built into the rear mounts to allow the kayak to roll up as you load it. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • Canoe/Kayak Carrier Recommendation to Fit Rhino Rack Aero Crossbars
    What you would want for your Rhino Rack Aero crossbars is the Rhino Rack Kayak Carrier part # RR570 as it would fit your crossbars. The Yakima EvenKeel part # Y04052 is not designed to fit crossbars as wide as the Rhino Rack aero.
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  • Does Yakima EvenKeel Y04052 Fit Factory Crossbars of 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
    I checked with Yakima and the EvenKeel part # Y04052 is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe sport so we can guarantee it will fit.
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  • Comparing the EvenKeel # Y04052 and SweetRoll # Y04074 for an 80 lb Kayak on a 2005 Ford Exploerer
    Both the EvenKeel # Y04052 and the SweetRoll # Y04074 are great options for carrying your 56 lb kayak. Since the SweetRoll has a higher price-point than the EvenKeel I can see why there is some hesitation. If you only plan on kayaking occasionally, like 3 or 4 times a season, then I definitely recommend going with the EvenKeel. Without rollers it won't be as easy as loading the SweetRoll, but you are only having to muscle it into place a few times. However, if you go kayaking frequently,...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for Two 10 Foot Kayaks on 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars - Qty 4 # Y04052 will work for one kayak on your Subaru Forester, but you won't have the room on your crossbars to put two kayaks side by side. The crossbars for your 2018 Subaru Forester are typically between 47 and 58 inches long so the kayaks side by side will not work unless using a carrier that holds the kayaks at an angle. I recommend the Rhino-Rack Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading...
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  • Yakima Roof Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder with Factory Crossbars
    I checked with Yakima and their EvenKeel part # Y04052 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit and would work well. Another very popular option that has been confirmed as a fit is the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier # Y04073. This is a J-style carrier which is very popular because they are easier to load and unload. This carrier also can fold down when not in use to limit wind resistance and noise. This would be my recommendation. I attached a review as well.
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  • Roof Mount Kayak Carrier for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Factory Roof Rack
    There are several kayak carriers that will fit the factory crossbars on your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. One option is the Yakima Even Keel, # Y04052. This carrier holds the kayak by the hull using 4 saddles. The center to center distance between the roof rack crossbars will need to be at least 24 inches to use this carrier. For a similar carrier that loads from the rear you can use the SweetRoll, # Y04074. The rear saddles on this carrier have rollers to make loading the kayak easier....
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  • Will the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052 Carry a Canoe
    Yes, we had a customer use the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052 for his canoe and his kayak and he reported back that the rack worked very well. Should work very well with your Mad River Adventure 14 canoe.
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  • Will Yakima EvenKeel Kayak Carrier Fit on Square Crossbars
    Yes, the Yakima EvenKeel part # Y04052 that you referenced will fit on square crossbars that measure 1-3/4 inch by 1-3/4 inch.
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  • Fit of the Yakima EvenKeel and the Rola Extended Series Roof Rack for a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
    I went out to our warehouse and pulled a Yakima EvenKeel, part # Y04052 and a kit of the Rola Extended Series Roof Rack, part # 59834 to see the fit. The Even Keel does fit the Rola bars. It takes an extra step though. The bar is too wide to fit into the clamp's opening, even though the inner part of the clamp is large enough. I had to unscrew the locking bolt all the way out of the sliding clamp, let it slide freely in the channel underneath the holder, then open it all the way and...
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  • Can the Yakima EvenKeel Boat Saddles # Y04052 be Used To Transport a Canoe
    Yes, the Yakima EvenKeel Boat Saddles # Y04052 that you referenced would work fine to carry a canoe. We had a customer leave a review on the product page saying they used it for a kayak and a canoe and it worked just fine.
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  • Will Yakima EvenKeel Fit 12 Foot Hobie Mirage and Toyota RAV4 Factory Roof Rack
    The Yakima EvenKeel # Y04052 will work well with your Hobie Mirage. It doesn't have a length requirement so the 12 foot length would be fine. The issue is you will need to look at is the weight capacity of the factory roof rack. this information should be in the owners manual. To determine if the EvenKeel fits your factory roof rack I would need to know the year. I do know it fits 1996 to 2012 factory racks. But if you have a 2013 to 2015 RAV4 it is not a fit.
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  • Boat Saddles Recommendation for 2006 Nissan Xterra With Factory Crossbars
    The Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles for Roof-Rack Crossbars, # Y04052, will fit on your semi-elliptical factory crossbars. I confirmed this fit with Yakima. Yakima also lists the SweetRoll Kayak Carrier # Y04074 as a fit for your Xterra's factory crossbars. Thule does have some watersport saddles that will work also, like the Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie Downs, # TH881. The Thule parts will all attach to the factory semi-elliptical crossbars.
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  • Will the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles fit Factory Crossbars of Honda CR-V
    The Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052 that you referenced are designed to fit most factory crossbars like what you would have on your Honda CR-V. The minimum crossbar spread this rack would fit would be 24 inches. I checked and the generations of the Honda CR-V from 2002 to present list this as a fit so it should work well for you.
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  • Will the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052 fit Square Crossbars Like Sportrack
    Yakima won't release CAD drawings for their racks as that is proprietary information, but they have confirmed that the Yakima EvenKeel Flexible Boat Saddles # Y04052 will fit square bars like what the SportRack roof rack part # SR1009 that you referenced has. I did attach a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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