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Old 11-07-2013   #1
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Captain over dry box or cooler

In the midst of a design and considering which I should put under the captains chair. I'm thinking that the cooler would be less often accessed when under way. So that would put the drybox more forward.

Then again, with other gear loaded aft, would that put the lion's share of the weight in the stern of the raft?



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Old 11-07-2013   #2
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In Class V water i would somewhat agree with you. (cooler and dry box never accessed).

However in any normal situation (class IV and under) the cooler is going to be opened about every 3 minutes with my crew (unless we are doing some conserve ice action on the MFS or similar).

In 13 years of having the same setup, i have NEVER opened my drybox (kitchen box) while on the river, that is waht would go under MY seat.

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Old 11-07-2013   #3
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agreed! the idea of no fast access to the cooler frightens me (shivers)
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Old 11-07-2013   #4
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My cooler is accessed more often then the dry box by a huge margin. Dry box under the captains chair...
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Old 11-07-2013   #5
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We decided to put the cooler under the captains seat on our new cat for a few reasons. One, we can keep wet towel on the cooler with out anyone having to sit on said wet towel (we will have a mesh captains chair). Two, one can reach into the cooler and crack it open just enough to fish out a beverage with out disturbing anyone else's seat. Three, the rower is most likely to be enjoying the shade of the bimini which would also benefit the cooler.
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Old 11-07-2013   #6
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I use a flip seat bracket that sits right on the dry box on my cataraft. The dry box is way more stable of a platform for my seat set up. Somehow I end up being the lunch boat on a lot of trips, so easy access to the cooler is important. Most of the stuff I need close at hand (rain gear, warm layers, extra hat, etc) is in my soft captains bags, so I don't have to get into my dry box while under way very often.
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I have a second cooler in the captain's bay that holds 18 beers so I don't need to open the big cooler often. I am rethinking my frame setup this winter and for the reasons catwoman mentioned, think I will be sitting on my cooler in the shade benefitting from some of that evaporative cooling.
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Old 11-07-2013   #8
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Beer me

I sit over the dry box, have the cooler at the other end of the rowers compartment facing me and have a bench infront for passengers. Nothing's gonna' get in the way of my refreshment. On trips requiring ice conservation I usually have a day cooler next to me and keep a blanket over the big cooler.

seems like most of our priorities are similar

Coincidetally that setup nearly always puts the cooler under the shade of my bimini...whether kids are sleeping and they get the shade or playing and dad gets the shade.
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Old 11-07-2013   #9
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I try not to sit on coolers or place any serious weight on them. I have seen too many top end coolers with busted up lids from all day ass planting and standing on them from a cptn chair to get a better boat scout. Don't let your cooler become a standing platform or beach sofa as well!
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I've used my old yeti for everything from a couch to step ladder to a jack stand during and emergency bearing seal replacement on my trailer with no issues. It's high on my list of most useful and reliable purchases.

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