Frame and Weight configurations?
I am in the process of trying to setup my new 14 foot raft with a 3 bay DRE fishing frame. I have the combo set for the one day trips, but the longer week long trips have me a bit puzzled.
I am trying to figure out where to locate a 120 qrt cooler and a large dry box while keeping the "poly deck" in place. The ploy deck is located in front bay where there is currently a removable seat that I planned on taking off for larger trips but puting back on for fishing trips. This plastic deck is what DRE calls their "poly deck" and it looks like it would be nice for laying down on and sunbathing on the flat stuff.
My dry box (that is not here yet) will not fit under the poly deck and niether will the cooler as the deck is only about 14 inches max off the bottom of the floor of the boat. If I wanted to fit a cooler or dry box under it, then it would have to be only about 13 to 14 inches high and I dont want a cooler that small for bigger trips nor my main dry box to be that small.
SOOOO my thought was to possibly locate the cooler right BEHIND the oar seat OR in front of the poly deck and put the big dry box under my flip seat and then putting some hanging gear bags under the poly deck. Sounds great??? Well I am not sure how the boat is going to handle with a 100 lb cooler all the way in the front or somewhat to far back should I elect to put it behind my oar seat.
Any comments or advice for this rookie would be welcome. thanks