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Old 07-26-2016   #1
 
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Wedging in a cooler

Im planning to put together a new raft this winter. It will be a 12 Rocky Mountain Raft with a drop stitch floor. The inside width is about 36 between the tubes. I want to use a Canyon cooler.
Prospector 103
  • Outside: 18.56" H x 37.5" L x 21.25" W (at the widest point)
  • Footprint at base: 36.98" L x 17.98" W
  • Set your raft frame opening to 20" on center
  • 37.5" long below lip
  • 18.75" wide below lip
  • 13" high from lip to center of cooler
  • 13.75" high from lip to bottom of cooler end
Since it is 1 too wide it would require me to under inflate the tubes till I wedge it in, than inflate to final pressure. Am I nuts to try and pull this off? Anyone raft with wedged gear?

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The 37.5 measurment looks like it is at the top. The foot print width of 36.98 should be about what is at the narrowest point between your tubes.
that means that you will have .5" of deflection on either side. It would be just fine. The cooler will drop in just fine with the tube fully inflated as well. Perhaps there might be some wear considerations many years down the road, but I doubt it.
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I think you'd be fine with a cooler wedged against the sides - they are generally pretty smooth. Probably better to transport the boat to the ramp with the cooler in your vehicle.

Those Prospector's look like a great design - that drain plug placement in the center is genius. I would be trying to make it work if I was building what you're building!

I have two smaller Canyon coolers and have been very happy with them.
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I'd look for a 35" cooler

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I'd look for a 35" cooler

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I looked hard for a 35" cooler with the same great features, but they are not out there. Everything I found is a step down in my opinon
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Jam it in there. Keep an eye for wear and if it appears add protection.
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But where will you stash your empties?!

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But where will you stash your empties?!

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Awesome, and true. Had to laugh at this osseous

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I have a 12' RMR and 13' RMR with drop stich floor at the shop now and am waiting for two Prospector's to show up on 8/9. Contact me directly jake@whitewaterworthy.com and I can send you pics or let you know how it fits.
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