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Old 03-30-2016   #51
 
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Thanks for the info Joll. I'm going to go with a stripped down version of the Blue Wing Olive . It looks like the BWO currently comes with the anchor system which is important to me. I figured I can always add parts later on, especially when sales take place in the fall and winter. I'm hoping to pick up a RTIC 45 cooler, pretty much a knock off Yeti for the half the price.
Hey, so I just played the cooler game with my Storm. 3 things to make not of with RTIC.

1. Not sure what it is like right now, but when I was looking they were extremely back ordered.
2. The inside width of the Storm is 26" and the RTIC is exactly 26", so not sure if the cooler would rub the tubes. The Yeti is 24.5" at the base and has good room on either side so there is no rubbing.
3. The Yeti also has a snap on seat cushion accessory that I think is awesome especially if you will be using it as a seat.

Right now you can get 20% off from REI with their annual sale. That + free shipping to a store + any dividend you might have gets a Yeti to a reasonable price.

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Old 03-30-2016   #52
 
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I don't know if I can justify buying a 300 or 400 dollar cooler, but that's just me. I do like the added benefit of a snap on seat, but that's another 100.00 dollar accessory. RTIC had a fairly long wait time, however I think it's only down to a month or so currently.
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Old 03-30-2016   #53
 
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I've used coolers that are so tight between tubes that I have to jump on them to get them in. Sometimes even have to let air out. I've never seen tube wear because of this.


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I don't know if I can justify buying a 300 or 400 dollar cooler, but that's just me. I do like the added benefit of a snap on seat, but that's another 100.00 dollar accessory. RTIC had a fairly long wait time, however I think it's only down to a month or so currently.
If your looking for a 120 or so cooler, even a HQ knock off on sale or otherwise, save up 300-400 bucks. That is how much they will cost and they are worth the money IMO. Take a serious look at that canyon in the classifieds.
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What oar length is everyone running on their storms? I also picked up one this spring (a storm) and plan on fabricating an aluminum frame and want to be ahead of the game and have the oars here by the time I finish. Was looking at a set of 8' cataracts. Good length or too short?
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8" seems to be the most popular with the storm.
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oar length

I use 8' Cataracts on the storm and wouldn't want longer.
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Old 03-30-2016   #58
 
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I use 8' Cataracts on the storm and wouldn't want longer.
Same. I have 8'
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I don't know if I can justify buying a 300 or 400 dollar cooler, but that's just me. I do like the added benefit of a snap on seat, but that's another 100.00 dollar accessory. RTIC had a fairly long wait time, however I think it's only down to a month or so currently.
Keep in mind buying the raft somewhere to just have it and then go to someone to make the frame you are pretty much going to lose any package pricing you could have received. I would get quotes from everyone on a full setup and then see who shines through. Plus they may want your boat to fab a frame to then you would have to bring it to them or ship it. Costs alot more to shop that way unless you are tight on funds and doing it in stages. Thats how these guys end up with an 8000.00 aire raft with NRS pieces on it when they could have bought a full blown custom
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Thanks for the replies on the oar length!
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