Originally Posted by FishVailStevo
Im liking the hang-off-the-side rib tube selection. Has anyone had any trouble with catching/banging on walls/rocks/trees? and that kind of thing.
ELKHAVEN- thanks for the diagram (and all the pre-boat help). My raft is in Grand Junction at a buddy's place so I am not sure if there is actually space where pvc could fit underneath the frame like that. Another big thing is EASE OF PUTTING THEM AWAY- id prefer a tube where I can just set the rod in or slide it into a small section of fully wrapped. With just ends open it seems Id almost have to get out of the boat to slide them in.
No, I've never had a problem with them hitting anything, there should still be rubber sticking out below them so you'll likely hit there. Could you hit one on a rock? Sure, but that's what the tube is for, protection. I use poly pipe vs pvc, it's a little more expensive but more flexible and easier to bend to your desires and it's bomb proof. You could drive over it with a truck and it won't break.
If you look at my boat, the rear angler can easily slide a rod in or out of the tube while seated. Same for the front with the rod tube on the other side. No need to get out. I don't have grooves at all, just slide in from one end.
If you want to go off the side with grooves you'll have to alter the way the tube attaches. I just wrap a strap around mine, but that would make the grove useless. I've thought of cutting two thin slits to run a strap through and leaving 2 or 3 or so feet of grove exposed but am happy with my system and don't really need to change it. You could think along those lines.
You definitely don't have a bare bones set up! but each to his own right. I agree with comments saying you don't need a huge cooler but have found that I use half of it for dry(ish) storage and half as a cooler by putting either a small hard cooler or a soft cooler inside. I put cold things in the little cooler and use the side space for rain coats, sweatshirts...really anything folks might want in a hurry and dry snacks.
I run a drybox under the rowers seat where I put all my stuff: Waders, my rain coat, patch kit, pump, single burner stove (with a couple cans of chilli, (especially spring and fall) extra dry gear for kids/slacker friends, rescue kit. I hang a throw bag off the crossbar in front of the drybox and next to the left tube. I have a drop bag upfront to store pfd's, net and any catchall that can get wet.