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Yakima KeelOver Canoe Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Gunwale Brackets - Clamp On

Yakima KeelOver Canoe Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Gunwale Brackets - Clamp On

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are concerned about the finish on your vehicle and want to make sure it won't get scratched by the straps
  • Swap vehicles often and need something that can work on just about any roof rack

No, if you:

  • Also have a kayak or paddleboard that you need to carry and don't want to have to use a different carrier
These gunwale brackets let you carry 1 canoe hull side up on your roof rack. The KeelOver mounts to most crossbar styles, and it includes heavy-duty straps and bow and stern tie-downs to ensure that your canoe is secured to your roof. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Yakima. Yakima KeelOver Canoe Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Gunwale Brackets - Clamp On part number Y04069 can be ordered online at or call 1-833-496-1390 for expert service.
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Yakima Watersport Carriers

  • Canoe
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Gunwale Brackets
  • Yakima
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist

These gunwale brackets let you carry 1 canoe hull side up on your roof rack. The KeelOver mounts to most crossbar styles, and it includes heavy-duty straps and bow and stern tie-downs to ensure that your canoe is secured to your roof.


  • Complete roof-mounted canoe-carrying system lets you easily transport your watercraft
  • 4 Gunwale brackets hold 1 canoe hull side up on your roof-rack crossbars
  • Durable, over-molded rubber pads on brackets stabilize and cushion your canoe's gunwales
  • Simple, tool-free installation with universal mounting hardware
    • Adjustable bail clamps and 2 T-bolt length options ensure a snug fit on your roof rack
    • Rubber padding on brackets protects your crossbars from scratches and abrasions
  • Included tie-downs and ropes help to secure your canoe to your vehicle
    • 2 Heavy-duty tie-down straps with buckle covers lash the canoe to your crossbars
    • 2 Bow and stern ropes anchor the canoe to your vehicle


  • Carrying capacity: 1 canoe
  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical and most factory crossbars
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-1/2" tall x 3-1/2" wide
  • Minimum crossbar spread:
    • 24" for canoes under 14'
    • 30" for canoes over 14'
  • Bracket dimensions: 3-1/2" tall x 5-1/2" long x 3-1/4" wide
  • Tie-down strap length: 16-1/4'
  • Bow/stern rope length: 10-1/2'
  • Limited lifetime warranty

8004069 Yakima Keel Over Rooftop Canoe Carrier System with Tie-Downs - Universal Mount

Item # Y04069

Installation Details Y04069 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Yakima KeelOver Canoe Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Gunwale Brackets - Clamp On - Y04069

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (21 Customer Reviews)

These gunwale brackets let you carry 1 canoe hull side up on your roof rack. The KeelOver mounts to most crossbar styles, and it includes heavy-duty straps and bow and stern tie-downs to ensure that your canoe is secured to your roof.


I've been using the product for two summers now and it is perfect for what I'm using it for. My canoe is an Old Town Discovery 133, it's very wide and I initially had trouble fitting it in the brackets with how relatively narrow my Rav4 is, but the instructions that came with them mentioned I could just flip them around. That worked perfectly.

I only use the brackets and the tie down straps from the kit to tie the boat to the crossbars, and then use the painter lines I put on the bow and stern of the boat to tie those to the car. That rides on the highway very easily with no shifting. With two people, the load/unload time is around 10 minutes as long as one person knows what they are doing.

This kit had exactly what I was looking for, seems built to last, and if I ever need another kit to help tie a canoe to a car then I know I can trust this product to get the job done safely and reliably.

1 year later and I havent even taken the brackets off of my car. They are still in perfect condition, dont slip, and Ive never had an issue hauling my canoe on the highway. Easiest way to transport a canoe without an actual canoe trailer.
Chad - 07/25/2020


it is a decent cheap solution to putting a canoe on a factory rack. with some fiddling around i got the brackets onto my 99 explorer crossbars. the canoe goes on easily and you can really make it very secure using all the straps and tie-downs that are included. the bad thing is it is difficult to get canoe down by yourself it has to be lifted up and over the Keelover brackets. two people- no problem


I purchased the product to make it possible to haul a 30+ year-old White fiberglass canoe on the standard roof-rack of a 2013 Subaru Outback. The kit works very well, but some experimentation was involved. Due to the tapering width of the canoe, I use haul kit with the front guides reversed to face the inside of the canoe gunwhales. In the back the guides are used as intended, facing the outside of the gunwhales.


Easy to install with Ikea-like instructions. It held a heavy 15' fiberglass canoe to the top of my 2013 Subaru perfectly for more than 1000 miles. I checked the straps at every stop and only had to tighten them once, and not very much at that. Excellent system when using the factory roof rack. was great at answering my questions and ensuring that I got what I needed.


Easy to install and very secure.

Very good
Ned - 05/11/2022


Managers at Scheels Store were impressed with the product and how easily it adapted on the vehicle (99 GMC Yukon) and how the canoe easily mated and secured onto the carrier. It was a lot better product for carrying canoes than was offered by Cabellas or Scheels. It secured our new canoe perfectly for our drive home 65 miles away. No shifting or loosening of the tie-downs. Top Notch.


The canoe brackets are well made, sturdy and really cling in place on the round cross bars. We've used them several times and like them a lot. The only problem, apparently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was that it took over three months to arrive.


Very happy with the product. I had a hard time finding clips for my factory luggage rack that would hold my wood strip securely in place on the roof of my CRV. These clips are perfect and the price was outstanding since the kit included all of the straps as well. I've never used etrailer before but I've since bookmarked them for future use.


Product works as expected. Makes canoe transport much simpler. Delivery was faster than I expected.

by: is awesome. I'm not real happy with the road Yakima is going down but I've been using their racks for over 30 years. ETrailer's service and prices are great!


In 2015 I purchased roof racks and a t hitch for my new Tahoe. The purpose was to allow me to load and haul a canoe. I love the products. Ordering and delivery could not have been easier.


Haven't used this item yet but based on years of canoeing it looks complete.


Just received product, but I'm enthusiastic about putting it to use to standardize my kayak transport.

Good service from etrailer.


While this wasn't the product we originally ordered, this is the replacement. It works as well and secures just as easy as the older model.


Great turn around from placing order to receiving product. Appreciate the follow thru.







melissa and Diana were marvelous and helped me a lot.


See what our Experts say about this Yakima Watersport Carriers

  • Will the Yakima KeelOver fit Crossbars of the 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
    I checked with Yakima and they list the Keelover part # Y04069 as a fit for the factory crossbars of your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon so I would recommend it for you. As long as the weight of your canoe is less than the roof capacity of your vehicle this should work well for you.
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  • Will Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier Fit Roof Racks On Two Different Vehicles
    The Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier With Tie-Downs, Item # Y04069, is designed to have a universal fit that works with round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars. To Find out if it will work with both your 2017 Toyota Tacoma and your 2014 Subaru Outback, you can take a quick measurement of the crossbars. The Keelover fits crossbars with a maximum dimension of 3-1/2 inches tall x 3-1/2 inches wide. If your crossbars are that size or smaller then the Yakima KeelOver...
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  • What is the Length and Bar Spread of Rola Roof Rack 59757 for a 2010 Honda Accord
    The bar spread of Rola roof rack 59757 is 27-1/2 inches (measured from the center of one bar to the center of the other bar). Because the vehicle is wider at one end, the bars are different lengths. One is 1,015mm or 39.9 inches long. The other bar is 985mm or 38.8 inches long. You can carry a 15 foot canoe on this rack provided that the canoe is within the capacity of the 2010- Honda Accord roof (check owners manual and/or Honda). For a canoe carrier I recommend the simple Yakima KeelOver,...
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  • Will the Yakima KeelOver Canoe Carrier Fit the Factory Roof Rack on a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Yes, I checked with Yakima and the KeelOver canoe carrier # Y04069 does fit the factory roof rack on your 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. Yakima lists the roof rack capacity of the factory rack on your Santa Fe at 165 pounds. However you will want to double check with the owners manual and/or Hyundai prior to loading.
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  • Can Yakima Keelover be Used Underneath Canoe More Bar Space is Needed
    Yes, you can flip the Yakima Keelover part # Y04069 so that the housing is inside of the canoe if you like. I attached a picture I took from the instructions that shows that this is an option you have.
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  • Fitting Yakima Keel Overs to Rhino Rack HD Bars
    The Yakima Keel Overs, part # Y04069 can fit bars up to 3-1/2 inches tall by 3-1/2 inches wide, so they will fit onto the Rhino Rack HD bars that measure 1-5/8 inches wide by 1-7/8 inches tall.
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  • Will Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier Fir Factory Roof Rack On 2017 Subaru Forester
    You can take a quick measurement of your crossbars on the roof of your Forester to see if the Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier, part # Y04069 will work with them. The Keelover will fit crossbars with a maximum dimension of 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. If your crossbars are that size or smaller then the # Y04069 will work great on your Forester.
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Carrying Kayak Upside Down on Rhino Rack Bars
    For a kayak carrier designed for securing your kayak with it facing down the KeelOver part # Y04069 would be a great option that would fit your Rhino Rack aero crossbars. This comes with straps for the front and back of the kayaks as well.
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  • Roof Rack Canoe Carrier Solution for Crossbars
    Easiest solution might be a roof rack canoe carrier like the Yakima KeelOver part # Y04069 which comes with attachments that hold the canoe to the crossbars and then straps that hold the front and back of the boat.
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  • Does Yakima Keelover Canoe Carrier Fit 2019 Mazda CX-5 with OEM Crossbars
    The Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier with Tie-Downs # Y04069 that you referenced does fit the OEM crossbars of your 2019 Mazda CX-5. There isn't a way to order it without the straps though so you'd have to order the complete kit. Based on the price of the straps separately you wouldn't save too much money even if that option was available.
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  • Replacement Saddles For Yakima Roof Mounted Canoe Carrying System
    No, we do not sell the saddles separately. You would have to purchase The Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier with Tie-Downs - Universal Mount # Y04069 as a full kit. The kit has a simple, tool-free installation with universal mounting hardware. The kit has a durable, over-molded rubber pad on the brackets that stabilize and cushion the canoe's gunwales.
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  • Roof Rack and Canoe Carrier for 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with Panoramic Roof
    Since your 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport does NOT have the factory flush side rails that run front to back I recommend Rola roof rack # 59779 because it will fit with or without the panoramic roof. This roof rack has a 110 pound capacity so the combined weight of the canoe and the carrier used for it cannot exceed 110 pounds or the roof capacity; whichever is lower. The roof rack is more than capable of handling the canoe at any legal speed limit (which can include speeds of 75 miles per...
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  • Canoe Carrier Hull Facing Down on a Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08107
    For a canoe carrier that would allow you to transport it with the hull facing down on the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer part # Y08107 that you referenced you would want the Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier with Tie-Downs # Y04069. This rack is designed for transporting a kayak or canoe with the hull facing down. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Can Yakima Rack And Roll Trailer Carry A 16 Ft Canoe
    I went to our warehouse and took some measurements of the Yakima Rack And Roll Trailer, part # Y08107. I have attached a photo of the trailer with the dimensions shown. From the center of the hitch ball coupler to the center of the front crossbar in its forward most position it measures 83 inches. The crossbars can be spread 48 inches. This would give you 1-1/2 inches of trailer behind the rear crossbar. That means 70 inches of your canoe will hang off the back of the trailer if you place...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for Camper Shell on Top of 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500
    For a roof rack to install on the top of your camper shell on your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 we have the Yakima HardTop SL Roof Rack # Y01618 which is designed for just what you need. Then for a canoe carrier part # Y04069 would be a great option that allows you to carry the canoe upside down.
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  • Mounting Hardware Needed to Mount Older Yakima Accessories to Aero-Style Crossbars
    If you have a variety of older Yakima products that you want to mount to crossbars that are 2-1/2" wide x 3/4" tall then the Universal MightyMounts # Y03590 would be your best bet. These adapters fit a wide variety of Yakima products but they are somewhat specific. If you can let me know what products you are wanting to mount them on I can see about verifying if these will fit or what other parts you may need.
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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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  • Will Yakima KeelOver Fit Yakima Roof Rack With HD Crossbars On 2020 GMC Sierra 1500
    The Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier with Tie-Downs - Universal Mount # Y04069 you have will work with Crossbars up to 3 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch. The Yakima Roof Rack systems like the Yakima OverHaul HD Adjustable Truck Bed Ladder Rack - Aluminum - 500 lbs - 78" Crossbars # Y01151-59 is a confirmed fit for your 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 and has crossbars that are 3 inch x 1 1/2 inch and will work with your Yakima KeelOver # Y04069. I included a video for the Yakima OverHaul HD # Y01151-59...
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  • Roof Mounted Cargo Basket Recommendation for a 2004 Honda Element with Factory Cross Bars
    Adding a roof rack mounted basket like # Y07070, with MightyMounts, # Y03590, will still have your load off center because the basket will be centered above the cross bars, though there is some room for adjustment. I would check to see if the factory cross bars on your 2004 Honda Element are adjustable. They may be able to be moved rearward. This may be the case, as the pictures I have seen of the 2004 (with a roof rack) show the rack more towards the middle (the front rail just forward...
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  • Will Two Canoes Fit On Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer
    The 66 inch crossbars on the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08106 will work great for you. It sounds like the canoes will take up almost all of the crossbars, with their widest points equaling 64-1/2 inches, but will not over-hang the bars. With the widest point of the top of the canoes equaling 59 inches, you will not have a problem fitting the canoes on the 66 inch crossbars, and as you noted, the canoes should be narrower at the mounting locations. Tie-down straps, like the Yakima...
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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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  • Carrier Needed for 16 Canoe on 2015 Chrysler Town and Country
    From what I could find I'm pretty sure you can use the Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Canoe Carrier with Tie-Downs # Y04069 to carry your canoe with the OEM roof rack bars on your 2015 Chrysler Town and Country. You just have to make sure that the crossbar spread (length from front of front crossbar to front or rear crossbar) is at least 30" to safely do so. I do also recommend using the Thule Water Slide Non-Skid Loading Mat # TH854 to help keep your canoe and minivan from scratching each other.
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  • Canoe Carrier Recommendation for 2017 Honda CR-V with Factory Crossbars
    I have a solution for you, but I can't recommend you use the Yakima KeelOver part # Y04069 backwards. Instead you'd want to use Swagman Exo Aero # S65145 which installs on the bars and then allows you to carry the canoe right side up and would prevent the width issues you mentioned. I attached a picture of it used to carry a kayak but it would work with a canoe in the same way.
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  • Canoe Carrier Options for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
    If your 2015 Subaru Outback has the factory roof rack with crossbars that run side to side then you can use the Yakima KeelOver, # Y04069, as a direct fit. If your Outback does not have factory crossbars then you can use a carrier designed for naked roofs such as # MPG156.
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