Originally Posted by the_dude
... try to load your boat where it is just a tad bit front-heavy.
As the days go by, the load will change unless you have a way to adjust. If your cooler is up front, the front will get lighter as the beer (and other cold stuff LOL) is consumed. Same with water and firewood.
That being said, is it then best to put the cooler in back (under the seat or as the seat)? Then the front will only get relatively heavier, so maybe trim to a bit more neutral in the beginning?
I have a 14 footer and 4 bay too, and am about to buy a new cooler and kitchen box. I was contemplating trying to get them to be roughly the same size so they would be interchangeable. That way, they could be moved front to back as the consumables are used up, maintaing some sort of load balance that way. Not so easy to do with standard kitchen box sizes, so I am probably going to ditch that idea and just pick one rigging over the other and forget about it...
The problem I have with the cooler being under my seat is that my wife wants into it every five minutes. Once for a beer. Again for a snack. Again for the kids' snack. Then they want a juice box. Those with kids know what I am talking about... LOL I also don't like the idea of the sharp corners on the dry box up front where the kids are crawling around all day long, but I think the cooler in back, kitchen box up front is the best option. ?
I am thinking of one of those captains box cooler things from NRS as a day cooler that I can transfer a few things into for them. Does anyone use those or something similar? Or am I the only one with a wife that can't stay out of the cooler? LOL
Not sure where things will go once I get the new stuff, but for now, I have drop bags for all three compartments, so my fire pan goes in one of them pretty nicely, with other stuff on top (PETT system and some chairs for example).
I also use a couple of rocket boxes. One for charcoal (and the ashes eventually), the other usually holds misc stuff like keys, wallets, phones, toilet paper, etc. I made some small wooden platforms to strap to the frame corners that create a better mounting platform for them, which also will allow me to add to the two for longer trips (four instead of two).