Thanks all - keep the ideas coming!
Biggest concern noted: a strong current shoving the oar blades backwards forcing oar handles (and hands) into the white rocket box and green fat 50 box. I'll definitely look into this one!
Painting the cooler white - good idea - thanks
Plywood box is the kitchen box - I'll be painting it and the new decks with a rubberized, skid-resistant paint this weekend. Its supposed to build a thick yet flexible film that should make everything quite waterproof. Its made for non-skid wood surfaces in a marine environment (its like truck bed liner, only water based and in a variety of colors).
PAINT: ECO Safety Products
Do many of you run a solid deck in the captain's bay?
Replacing the latches - already in the works (I have rubber jeep-hood style latches being delivered as well as some silicone bulb gasket. Dorman 42410 Hood Hold-down Latch Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
Water jugs - I have two 2.5 gallon cans coming...and bought an extra cap to install a spigot in:
CANS: Scepter Military Water Cans
SPIGOT: Tomlinson Spigot
Groover tank is upright in the captains bay - can't wait for it to burp. The other three rocket boxes are for groover seat/supplies, dry foods, charcoal/ash.
Beverage holder 4" holes in the deck is a great idea!
I'm not going to show my homebrew bimini top. While fully functional, I'm too embarrassed...I will show the real one later this summer when I get to working on it.
Good idea to grind off the seat platform - anybody in Salida want to even trade a seat bar for a straight bar?
I hate to undo work that is already done well. Good idea to flip the seat mount toward the cooler, but I drilled the holes 90* from the existing holes, not realizing that the seat mount is not
parallel to the LoPro mount holes - so now the mounting plate is slightly off plumb and doesn't sit flush against the cooler or ply box.
Who makes 10" oar mounts?
I have 8" but they're a bit low. Seat height is high, but I'm 6' 7" so its one of the few seats in my life that is comfortable.
Finally, the table. I'd planned on making one table that covers both front bays (38" x 68") to make a super solid lounge platform and a very stable table. Would you instead recommend two narrow tables (2 each, 19" x 68")?
Thanks again for the advice!