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Old 01-26-2011   #41
Longmont, Colorado
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Every time we hit the river we make small modifications to how we rig. I run a 4 bay frame on a 15' raft. The front bay is slightly oversized (30"deep) so I can fit up to 6 rocket boxes in the drop bag with but I usually carry 3 rocket boxes and 4 produce buckets. Over that goes my table, gear bags, and pad. This makes a sweet lounging bench for the wife and kids. I sit on the primary cooler (128 qt) in the third bay. I have a secondary cooler (168qt) in the fourth bay that has been both a vegy cooler or a semi-dry box. I usualy strap a gear bag on top of this cooler so I have a backrest to lay back on. In the stern I have a homemade "everything" bag that is big enough for everything else. It is roughly 4'tall, and 5' across, and I usually put 2 straps over the whole things on rig-to-flip days.

The pics are from last years GC trip and show it fully rigged, and unloaded at camp. I am a big believer on unloading as little as possible The Vittle Vault (on the starboard side) is used as my dry storage for on river snacks, hats, rain gear, and miscellaneous stuff. Also on the starboard side, next to the rowers seat, is a small 19qt cooler that I use as a small day drybox. It holds the maps, books, lotions, camera and other small stuff. On the port side are the handwash and settling buckets.

So far this is the best I have come up with, but I am always keeping my eyes open for a better way of doing it. The only mistake you can make is not trying new things. Good luck and enjoy. This is what makes the cold winter months go by.
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Old 01-26-2011   #42
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Originally Posted by lhowemt View Post
The only thing that has kept me from an everything bag is capacity.

Does anyone else run an everything bag that isn't a nice small package completely inside and below their stern tubes?
In the bag...On a 13'9" boat
I have 2 large bills bags, 2 or 3 chairs, and a roll table stuffed down into there. No beaver tail-all soft stuff. Also there are two tent bags on top under the lid. On this trip I didn't have to carry everything. So, It wasn't so high. It is more comfy leaning up against it than my lazy boy.

Now the second pic is redonkulous. I was the only raft and had too much gear. But it does show the capacity of a good sized bag. Come on 15ftr.
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Old 01-26-2011   #43
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Does anyone have experience flipping a fully loaded boat with an everything bag?
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Old 01-26-2011   #44
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I remember reading on a forum somewhere of it happening and they said it preformed great. Sorry I can't give you any details or who said it. Ray has told me of people flipping on the Grand with them and how well they worked.

I hope it's true because I run one on both of my rafts.

For what it's worth, I love mine. I run a couple of straps over the top to keep everything as low as possible. It's great for throwing loose items in, like the crushed aluminum bag, fire blanket, kitchen floor, groover seat, really anything that is hard to strap down.

Originally Posted by lhowemt View Post
Does anyone have experience flipping a fully loaded boat with an everything bag?

Karma is like this: If we set causes in motion the effects come back to us.
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