Yes, Ken, my preference has always been our Yakima rack too.
Assuming MissyGrace moves forward with this plan, I'd think something like the canoe holder shown below is what she'd have in mind. Construction might need more tinkering if she has an asymmetrical canoe. (Does Bell even make one?)
I'd maybe make the holders from 19/32" underlayment plywood. Time will tell if they need 1x2 stiffeners. Space for carpet is not shown -- glue it between the holder & the canoe and
along the bottom of your holders so that it doesn't scuff the linoleum. A system to stabilize the canoe in the holders and the canoe-in-holders inside the Eddie Bauer is up to your ingenuity, MG!
Before understanding the right-side diagram below, you might want to read Story Stick to copy irregular shapes
To copy the canoe contours for your cradles:
Any questions? I'd probably put the cradles on the canoe before lifting it into the back of an Eddie Bauer.
[on edit: Red outline on jig diagram -- don't make story stick so long that it extends beyond jig edge.]