Yakima BoatLoader
Originally $79.00
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This simple roof boat loader extends out from your Yakima crossbar, making lifting your boat an easy one-person job. You'll never have to lift more than half your boat's weight, so you can save your strength for paddling.


The Yakima BoatLoader makes lifting your kayak an easy one-person job. This cartop boat loader has a telescoping arm that extends out from your Yakima crossbar, assisting you so that you never have to lift more than half your boat's weight. The BoatLoader is especially helpful for loading onto taller vehicles, and helps protect your vehicle from scratches and dents. This corrosion resistant boat loader works in conjunction with a variety of Yakima boat carriers and installs in a Yakima round bar. The Yakima BoatLoader includes a limited lifetime warranty.

Product Features

  • Use in conjunction with Yakima boat mounts
  • Works with Yakima round bars only
  • Manufactured with an aluminum sleeve over a solid steel core
  • Allows for one-person loading and unloading
  • Never have to lift more than half your boat's weight
  • Telescoping arms fits into Yakima crossbar
  • Helps protect vehicle from scratches and dents
  • Especially helpful for tall vehicles
  • Corrosion-resistant

Works With

BigStack, Mako Aero Saddles, Mako Saddles, BowDown, Hull Raiser, HullRaiser Aero, Kayak Stacker, HullyRollers, LandShark Saddles, EvenKeel, and Gunwale Brackets


Yakima Boat Loader Instructions


How to Tie Down a Kayak to a Vehicle
How to Tie Down Roof Cargo
How to Choose the Best Car Top Carrier or Roof Rack

Review Summary (Based on 1 Reviews)


4 Stars Makes one person loading possible

Cary from CO wrote (August 08, 2016):

I bought this to load my 17' Grumman aluminum canoe onto my pickup. I've had Yakima round bars on the truck for all of its 20 year life, along with bike racks and ski racks, and I've carried the canoe on it many times. But it has always required 2 people to load it, except the one time I'd tried loading it myself and damaged the hood of the truck. At the canoe's weight of almost 80 lbs, it's not easy, and as I've grown older, my upper body strength isn't what it once was. I've ranked this with 4 stars, because the instructions make it look easier to load than it is. Yes, it's much easier to load than without it, but it's still not easy. Perhaps with a lighter boat, or one that is carried upright such as a kayak, it would be. With a canoe which is carried upside down, it means lifting it upright onto the loader, then turning it over while still on the loader, then shifting it in steps onto the bars. I have not found a successful way of turning the canoe over first and then putting it onto the loader already upside down. Perhaps if I were stronger, I could. Unloading is fairly easy by comparison, as one end of the canoe is resting on the ground while upside down, the canoe can be lifted off the loader and turned over in the process of lowering the other end to the ground. As for the installation of the loader, it's fairly straightforward and is covered well by the instructions. If I could rate that separately, it would be with 5 stars. Any bar that has been in place for awhile will have some corrosion inside, which needs to be cleaned out first. Any straight rod or wire with an oily rag on it can be used, and that works pretty well. Once it's pretty clean, then lubing the loader tube and parts well will make a big difference in long term ease of use. I used some lithium grease that I already had, for garage door hardware. All in all, I'm satisfied with the loader. It does what it's supposed to do, and it is elegant in its simplicity.