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Yakima BowDown Kayak Rack

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The convenience of a stacker without having to remove it in the off season. Yakima's BowDown carries one boat on padded "J" cradles and then folds down to provide a clean silhouette.
  • The BowDown carries one boat on its side, on top of the vehicle.
  • When you're not using it, fold it down to keep a nice clean look to vehicle and reduce wind whistle.
  • Padded hull guards prevent damage to your boat.
  • Fits round, square, and most factory crossbars out of the box (fit list on carton).
  • Locks to crossbar using SKS locking system (lock cores sold separately).
  • The BowDown comes with heavy duty straps to secure your boat.

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

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Dimensions: 5-1/2" wide front to back, 20" at its widest. 21" tall from top of crossbar (about 5" when folded). Bottom pad is 10" x 3-1/2
Weight: 12 lbs.
Locking: SKS compatible
Locks Included: No
Attachment:
  • Factory bars
  • Round bars
  • Square bars
Includes:
  • Heavy-duty straps with padded buckles
  • Bow/Stern tie-downs
Features:
  • Padded hull guards
  • Folds down when not in use
Notes:
  • Use the Yakima Fit Guide to determine what products work best for your particular vehicle.

video: Yakima BowDown Video

Yakima BowDown Video (2:03)

The convenience of a stacker without having to remove it in the off season. Yakima's BowDown carries one boat on padded "J" cradles and then folds down to provide a clean silhouette.

video: Racks For Boats & Boards | Yakima Racks For Watersports

Racks For Boats & Boards | Yakima Racks For Watersports (1:21)

Cradle, saddle or trailer there are lots of ways to get your boat to the water.

video: Why A Rack For Your Car? Yakima Makes Road Trips Easy

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Show us any car-driving, outdoor-loving person and we'll wager he or she has a storage problem. And if they don't, then they're probably not taking as many friends and family along for the ride as they could.

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  • Yakima BowDown

    Q:

    Would this be a good chose for a 10 foot rec boat
    Asked on 6/21/2013 by jflex

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I confess that I bought these racks for a kayak that I haven't yet finished building. I tried it with an 11' SOT. I found that just putting the SOT flat on the crossbars of my Yakima racks rather than the bow downs much easier. I am a single 70 yrs old woman, 5' tall and drive 4x4 Jeep Liberty. Loading a boat by myself can become a challenge. The vehicle is tall. I have a loader bar on my racks. I can get boats on top of my car with that. I can't get a boat into the bow downs with the loader bar by myself. I think that the question you are asking is how easy the bow downs are to use. Why can't the boat just be tied to the racks without something as exotic as the bow downs?

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have used my BowDowns for a 10 foot recreational boat and it worked fine. They also worked fine with my father's 12 foot recreational boat, so it would be a good choice for you. Only issue is you really need two people to easily and safely get the boat onto the roof and into the BowDowns due to the weight and length of the boat.

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Ive got the yakima tie down. dont like it much cause foldable supports never stay completely tight, So Ill recommend it better for short travel but not for road travel.
      Also it doesnt comes with the key locks. this are extras but didn´t say that on the add. Good luck!

      Answered on 6/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, I have a 10 foot recreational kayak and these work great!

      Answered on 6/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use these with 11-ft kayaks and they work great. There would be 2 issues
      to consider when using these with another type of watercraft:
      1. Weight - a dead-lift is required to get the boat up onto the rack and so
      anything too heavy (i.e > 50 lbs) might be a challenge, especially for 1
      person
      2. Side wall height - check the sidewall height of your craft to make sure
      it will fit in the bottom cradle of rack

      Answered on 6/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This is good for any size kayak. I have had 10 ft to 22 ft on it. Also mounts on almost
      any rack. Highly recommend it.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 6/21/2013 by Doug from Saint John, NB
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      3.0

      Does the job

      By TooManyBoatsInTheYard

      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Wind Noise

      Best Uses

      • Large Cars
      • Luxury Cars
      • Small Cars

      Comments about Yakima BowDown:

      I put this on the factory crossbars so rotation is not a problem. I imagine that if it was on round bars it would tend to roll. Simpler to install and remove than other systems I've used. The wind whistle can get loud at times. When folded the noise is that much closer.

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      4.0

      Good Cradles

      By Workaholic

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Hard To Install Or Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yakima BowDown:

        These are great if you don't plan on taking the mounts off your car. If you do, go with the metal ones. I believe they are not as wide as the older model. Also, they tend to fall from side to side rather than stay stationary when moving a kayak around on them - what I assume to be because of the round bar and just basic physics. This may happen no matter what product but I found that to be a downfall with the product. Not sure about longevity of the product's life because it's all plastic. If I had to do it again, I would probably go with the older, metal frame model, but it really is all in how you plan to use them!

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        4.0

        Yakima bowdowns

        By Pam

        from Ware, ma

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Cars

          Comments about Yakima BowDown:

          I puchased yakima bowdowns to carry my kayak. They were easy to install. I can now loaded and unload my kayak alone.

          Service and delivery comments:

          The whole order was delivered on time as promised. The customer service syaff was wonderful and very up to date on their products.

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