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Yakima Gunwale Brackets

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$89.00

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Yakima Gunwale Brackets secure the gunwales of your canoe to prevent the boat from shifting, even at highway speeds. The rubberized mounts are low to the bar for easy loading, and can be used to secure a variety of cargo: plywood, ladders, rowboats, etc.
  • Rounded edges for easy loading and unloading.
  • Soft rubberized brackets hold firm and won't scratch.
  • Set of four secures one canoe.
  • Includes two 16' padded Heavy Duty Straps for tie down.
  • Attach directly to round Yakima crossbars or square bars.

Use the Yakima Fit Guide to determine what products work best for your particular vehicle.

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Dimensions: 4"H x 2.5"W x 3.5" L
Weight: 2 lbs.
Locking: No
Attachment:
  • Round bars
  • Square bars
Includes:
  • Heavy-Duty straps with padded buckles
Notes:
  • Use the Yakima Fit Guide to determine what products work best for your particular vehicle.

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  • Yakima Gunwale Brackets

    Q:

    The picture doesn't show whether the bow and stern still require tie downs. Does this bracket set eliminate the need for those?
    Asked on 12/5/2014 by Autauga Creek Freek from Prattville, Alabama

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would say that the bow and stern don't "need" a tie down. The gun wale
      brackets hold really well. That being said, I usually tie mine down for
      safety sake in case of a wreck or hard braking.

      Answered on 12/8/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I recommend bow and stern tie-downs even with the brackets and cam straps
      over the canoe at the point of the brackets. This is really more about
      backups rather than securing the canoe.
      Depending on where the brackets are arranged on the boat, you may want to
      consider a strap or two running from a thwart to the cross-bars. This is
      due to the force exerted from front to back on the canoe from the wind and
      the possibility of the canoe being forced backwards. If the rear supports
      are well past the widest part of the canoe then this possibility is
      minimized and the thwart-to-crossbar straps may not be necessary.
      Gregory Skomp
      8280 W Eastman Pl
      Lakewood, CO 80227

      Answered on 12/8/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, you still need tie-downs for front and back. There are some
      ratcheting hooks out there that are nice, but bungee cords work just fine

      Answered on 12/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
      Caveats: NONE
      Bow and stern tie downs are always a good idea! The gunwales are a great
      product and I use them all the time for my canoes.
      Bryan Stewart

      Answered on 12/5/2014 by Bryan from Washington DC
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It definitely requires bow and stern tie-downs,and also side tie-downs,if you want to do it right. It is
      unsaf otherwise.

      Answered on 12/5/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We recommend always using bow/stern tiedowns. Having a boat get launched out onto the highway can ruin your day... and someone else's. Yakima also recommends their use with these Brackets.

      Answered on 12/5/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If I am going more than 5 miles at more than20 mph, I always use bow and
      stern tie downs. Most folks recommend always using them on a canoe.

      Answered on 12/5/2014 by Jeff and Emily from Norhern California
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I consider these brackets to be essential gear for transporting my canoes. They help to create a very solid and stable platform, even on a vehicle like mine that has a very narrow stance between towers. I have transported my boats short distances (within 10 miles off the highway) without bow or stern lines and have not had any issues. That being said, I always use a bow and stern line when traveling long distances or at high speeds, not because I'm worried about the boats coming off the rack, that isn't going to happen. The racks coming off the vehicle, however, that is a different concern. It has happened and the bow/stern lines have saved my Cedar Stripper!

      Answered on 12/5/2014 by Paddle Guy from Michigan
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We love our gunwale brackets and could get away without using bow and stern lines but think it's dumb to travel very far anywhere without them. Having had boats come off more than once it's worth the effort of using bow and stern lines.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 12/5/2014 by Anonymous
  • Yakima Gunwale Brackets

    Q:

    Do they fit on the square/rec bars?
    Asked on 9/6/2013 by alex from United States

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are initially made to fit the yakima round bars, but the instructions
      do say that you can trim some of the rubber on the inside to make them fit
      square bars.

      Answered on 9/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Alex, they fit Yakima round and square crossbars

      Answered on 9/8/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These brackets are designed to work on both round and square bars. While I have not used them on square bars, there are directions that come with the brackets to adapt them to a square bar. These are really well made and I have been very happy with them when used with my Yakima racks. I have two sets and use them to carry two separate canoes on my Chevy Equinox. My only concern regarding using them in square bars, however, is that is does take some modification to the bracket. After that modification is made, I do not think they could be used on a round bar.
      Hope that helps.

      Answered on 9/6/2013 by Anonymous
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Pros

  • Easy to install (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Stable (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Lightweight (6)

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    5.0

    Efficient and easy to install.

    By Bryan

    from Carlisle, Pennsylvania

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yakima Gunwale Brackets:

        Easy to install and use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        works great

        By Big'n

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Peace Of Mind
        • Stable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Vw Bus

          Comments about Yakima Gunwale Brackets:

          This product held up great on Interstate driving.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was prompt and product was in perfect condition.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Keeps canoe on keel at highway speed

          By buzz

          from SW ohio

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Aligning On Rack
          • Easy To Install
          • No Shifting At 65 Mph

          Cons

          • Have Not Found Con Yet

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yakima Gunwale Brackets:

            I was getting shifting of lightweight canoe at highway speed. The gunwale brackets make it easier to load and keep it in line.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Loading my canoe is easier than ever!

            By Zero

            from Pfafftown, NC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • SUV's

              Comments about Yakima Gunwale Brackets:

              I have wanted these for a long time, and finally spent the money for them. Now that I have used them, I wish I would have made this purchase years ago. They totally stabilize my canoe on the roof and it doesn't even want to 'swim' down the highway now! It is straight as an arrow and easier to load. The canoe goes in the same place every time. The straps that come with them are first quality as well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              2.0

              Nice brackets, junk straps

              By Pond duck

              from Snoqualmie, WA

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Stable

              Cons

              • Unsafe buckle

              Best Uses

                Comments about Yakima Gunwale Brackets:

                These brackets are nicely finished and easy to adjust and use. The included straps have a really nice padded surround on the buckle, but the buckle itself is totally unsafe. It feels secure, but very easily releases suddenly even when you hold the cam hard against the strap when tightening. Very inferior to the NRS brand buckle, which has sharper teeth.

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