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Old 03-30-2013   #361
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Ok, here would be my bitch with this cooler and others as well, but it looks worse with the Canyon Whitewater cooler.

A person puts it snuggly between the rails and as low as possible to keep your center of gravity as low as possible. Now you have to decide because of the latch design if you want to raise it up and be able to open it or keep it low and now you can't open the latches because they hang down so low.
If the latches were flipped, it would be so much easier use in a raft setup.
I have the same problem with my Yeti, not quite as bad with my Engel.

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Ok, here would be my bitch with this cooler and others as well, but it looks worse with the Canyon Whitewater cooler.

A person puts it snuggly between the rails and as low as possible to keep your center of gravity as low as possible. Now you have to decide because of the latch design if you want to raise it up and be able to open it or keep it low and now you can't open the latches because they hang down so low.
If the latches were flipped, it would be so much easier use in a raft setup.
I have the same problem with my Yeti, not quite as bad with my Engel.
Amen brother. Why don't the cooler makers put on butterfly latches like dry boxes???
I just got a small weekend cooler from Canyon Coolers and had them switch out the latches to butterfly. Now the lip of the cooler can sit right down on the cross bars. They offer this as an optional upgrade on all their coolers. Many of the new roto-molded coolers have a pretty substantial lip on them that can be used to support them on the cross bars to a certain extent. Why not put on usable latches as a standard feature. Plus, can I just say how much I hate those stinking rubber feet on the bottom of coolers!!! Makes them impossible to slide onto a trailer for loading. Love than Canyon Coolers have smooth bottoms. Come on cooler makers.....get with the program. You're making awesome products with some minor flaws that could be easily fixed.
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I will get a picture up this evening after I get off work. The latches are not an issue. The 100 is only 17" high compared to the Yeti at 20. So it can be raised up. Canyon made me special bars for my NRS frame that work awesome. No wiggling around or stupid slings or
Bags. Cataraftgirl, the feet un bolt for a smooth bottom. I am keeping the feet on to keep the rocks off the bottom. I am sure lots of people use those in regular boating not just the rafting world so non skid feet keep it from flying around in a powerboat.

I prefer these rubber latches over the metal ones. I was wondering the same thing about the latch height at first. After talking with them they have special ways they mount this new cooler in their frames that made me realize we do stuff kind of hoakie and backwoods.
This cooler mounts in the frame on the side handles and my front drop bar they built isn't even near the latches and allows me to mount it at any height. They seem to have slick mounting solutions for stuff.
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I don't see a 100 on their website... only a 90? Have a link?
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progress on the raft frame continues! basic frame is welded together. now all it needs is oar towers and wood decking surrounding the coolers and dry box



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^^^270qts of available cooler space^^^
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^^^270qts of available cooler space^^^
That's a lot of beer!
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My old rafts

The 15' sotar is ten years old. The 13.5 riken is over 20 years old. I had to get the Sotar when the kids started rafting and now they run the Riken. Enjoy the rivers and take care of the rafts for the years yet to come.
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progress on the raft frame continues! basic frame is welded together. now all it needs is oar towers and wood decking surrounding the coolers and dry box
Dumb question.

Why did you have the main frame go longer than your dry box bay?

It seems like a slight weight savings and a decrease in the rub by the straight frame on the upcurve portions of the bow and stern would have been desirable.

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Old 04-05-2013   #370
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So here is my new boat. It's a 13' Aire Tributary SB. The frame and dry box is from Recretec. I'm wondering about the length of my oars though. They are 9.5 footers and the distance between my oar locks is 65". I'm hoping this will be ok. Any feedback would be appreciated. I am shopping for a cooler right now that will go in the bay behind the dry box and will be covered with a paco pad.
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