First, sorry for another cooler post. Second, here is the boat we are discussing:
13' 9" Hyside, 4 bay DRE Frame. New to me boat, pic is from the maiden voyage.
I have read a lot of the post about coolers and searched and searched. Most of the threads seem very focused on long expedition trips. My boat is going to see a mostly weekend trips, with the longest trip probably being 5 days, counting travel time to and fro. Also, pretty much just around CO and WY. The boat was pretty much fully equipped when I bought her, with the only expensive items left to buy being a cooler and a dry box.
The cooler is going to go in the second bay, and the dry box is going to go under the oarsman. I don't want the most expensive cooler in the world, but I do want something that is sturdy and can be stood on and sat on, and laid on. I plan to use the NRS Adjustable Cooler Mounts. Ideally, it wouldn't be much higher than the front deck (when flipped over and seat removed) so that you could create almost one large deck with paco pads.
I think I am going to need to redo the front deck and make it larger, because my rowing bay is too long, and I can't move the seat forward due to the design, and I like where the oars are. I think I will have too much space for the size cooler I want (100 to 120). Is that about the right size for my planned trips? How wide of a cooler are people putting in these older style Hysides?
I like the price of the Canyon Sailor, and it is only 16" high. How tall of a cooler should I be looking at to get the low height I want? I want to fill the bay as much as I can, without rubbing the sides and being able to get it off the floor a little. Does anyone else make a more suitable low profile cooler at a decent price?
The main purpose of the cooler is to keep beer and meat cold for a couple days, provide a place for me to stand and fish or scout, and somewhere for the wife to lay and relax. Don't need it to hold 20 days of ice on a trip through the grand canyon when it is 120 degrees out. Thanks for the help!