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Old 03-06-2012   #11
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Oops, smokin d again . . . . thought Barco was talking "firepan." Barco mon, go wide - - stick some minicell on the sides to protect the tubes. Helps keep your boat spread out, versus no thwarts and everything hanging loose and the boat will compress a bit. I also recommend getting it custom made for depth, i.e., so the top of the box doesn't stand way above the frame. Makes for a lower profile load, easier to walk/sleep/sit on. Storage between a 14-15" tall box and a 16" tall box is not that much different so to me it's worth the sacrifice. Also not that much more to get it custom done, versus off the shelf. In the end nothing wrong with either, but sometimes OTS won't fit exactly how you'd like and over time you'll realize it.

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Old 03-06-2012   #12
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Dry Box fit

Originally Posted by barcolounger View Post
Looking to buy my first dry box. The interior width of my 14' raft is 44". And the box I'm looking at (Cambridge) comes in either 36" or 44". A couple of advantages to an exact fit that come to mind are maximum storage space, and harder for a foot to slip between the box and a tube. But I'm wondering if there are disadvantages to an exact fit that I'm overlooking. Thanks in advance MB.
Yep, big disadvantages!

My interior boat width is 42 so I have two kitchen boxes that are both 42 wide. They fit, but everyone complains about putting them in and out of the boat. Granted, when I say they get them part way in and then either step on the box or jump on it to seat them. In retrospect, I would have given up an inch to either side.

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Old 03-06-2012   #13
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I used boxes that were too wide for the raft when I was running commercially. In the 4 years I was using the same box / boat setup the seams and floor had more wear than where we had to jump on the box to get it squeezed between the tubes.

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Old 03-06-2012   #14
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Be sure to measure your inside width without your thwarts inflated if you haven't . My Hyside loses 3 inches. My dry box fits snug and I wish I had an extra inch on each side. It's not wearing on the tubes but it is harder to get it in there.
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Old 03-06-2012   #15
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OOOHHH! Man, I am smokin D! OK Barco, here's sumthin else to consider: About this idea of not being able to wrench the dang box outta da boat to get it up to camp: Try comparmentalizing your kitchen a little bit and carrying up only what you need, i.e., dutches in a carry bag, stove separate, UT's and dinnerware in a York Pack or something.

After lifting boats and working with heavy-iron rope tied gear for half dozen years so many years ago, figured out that the aerobics of going back and forth to the boat a few times was a lot more "user friendly" than trying to haul ONE GIANT F'IN METAL BOX up to camp every night, and then only using 1/3 of what was in it!

My drybox never leaves my boat. Instead, my legs do the work.
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Old 03-07-2012   #16
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I'm afraid we are the opposite of BCJ. We carry our kitchen box into camp every time. It's the main component to our kitchen. It's well organized, and we use everything in it. It's not hard to carry at all with 4 people & 2 kitchen box legs. We have the lock-in Recretec boxes, so there's that neat lip/handle on the end. A 2 ft. cam strap, a kitchen box leg on each side, 4 peeps, and away she goes.....easy as pie. There's already so much other stuff to carry up to camp, so we get plenty of trips to the boat. Then there's the ever popular....."Anybody going down to the boats.....get me a drink."

I have a little space (one inch on each side?) between my boxes and Cat tubes. When I run my tubes softer for the late season MF trip this gives me some leeway to prevent rubbing.
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Old 03-07-2012   #17
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Thanks for all the input, much appreciated.

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