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Old 03-24-2014   #811
 
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Here's a few more pictures with both dry boxes and the cooler. I measured, and there's 2-3 inches of clearance between floor and bottom of boxes and cooler. Since I'm new to the raft thing, I don't know how much the floor will rise on the water. But like I said, I used one of these dry boxes on the little Hyside with smaller tubes last spring & the bottom of the box barely touched the floor (also an I-beam floor).

ENDOMADNESS - Nice boat & frame. Looks like orange is the "in color" this season. Sharp! I do have a question for you. Right now, I have my cooler hanging from the cross bars and it slightly overlaps the hang tabs on my small dry box in the bay next to it. The dry box and cooler are perfectly level, which is super nice, but it makes it so that I can't open the cooler lid all the way. Do you have issues with this? Can you open your cooler all the way wihtout hitting the dry box? I see you have the cooler in front, in a drop bag. I do have a drop bag for the cooler. My cooler latches just barely touch the cross bar, and I'm sure when I strap it down snug, that will be an issue. So it will most likely be put in the drop bag. It's just that it looks so darn neat being level. Stupid I know, it's just aesthetics!

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Old 03-24-2014   #812
 
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By the time you add your weight and that of any passengers/dry bags/personal ammos, etc. 2-3 inches between top of self-filling floor is PLENTY. Unless you plan on parking on dome-shaped rocks that will pinch the bejeesus out of floor, and probably tear it anyway without any hard plane on top...
Seriously, you will pinch tubes before using up 2 or 3 inches of clearance. The GC rigs - 18' SOTARs and other rented by numerous outfitters - allow less than an inch of clearance between top of self-filler floor and bottom of suspended floor. And that's rigged with their advice at the Ferry... true your load will get lighter over time, and I wouldn't worry about pinch daddy factor as long as any suspended load is an inch or so above the top of your s/b floor at put-in. Depends a bit on thickness of your floor, but if you're this far into this thread you know how much load you're usually carrying and where to hang floor...
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Old 03-24-2014   #813
 
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By the time you add your weight and that of any passengers/dry bags/personal ammos, etc. 2-3 inches between top of self-filling floor is PLENTY. Unless you plan on parking on dome-shaped rocks that will pinch the bejeesus out of floor, and probably tear it anyway without any hard plane on top...
Seriously, you will pinch tubes before using up 2 or 3 inches of clearance. The GC rigs - 18' SOTARs and other rented by numerous outfitters - allow less than an inch of clearance between top of self-filler floor and bottom of suspended floor. And that's rigged with their advice at the Ferry... true your load will get lighter over time, and I wouldn't worry about pinch daddy factor as long as any suspended load is an inch or so above the top of your s/b floor at put-in. Depends a bit on thickness of your floor, but if you're this far into this thread you know how much load you're usually carrying and where to hang floor...
Yep, I figured my "shorty" dry boxes would be fine. My cooler is the Canyon Sailor, which is only 12 inches below the cross bars. In a drop bag it will only be 11 inches. This raft has almost double the carry capacity as my cataraft. My boxes, coolers, and gear will be the same......unless I end up with a passenger.
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....... Unless you plan on parking on dome-shaped rocks that will pinch the bejeesus out of floor, and probably tear it anyway without any hard plane on top...
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Funny you should mention this. A couple of year ago at our first nights camp on the MF, a couple guys wandered in looking for patch material. They had pinched the floor between a rock and a drybox. Bent the crap out of the frame too. We saw them later and they had driftwood tied to the frame holding it together.

Hence my question about space between the raft floor and dryboxes. Glad it wasn't my Avon Pro they'd borrowed.
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Old 03-27-2014   #815
 
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I like your rod holder Cleve. My concern is having to pull the full length of the rod to go fish. I would think that most of us who fish transport our rods in a rod holder. Why not just use one of those. You can buy ones that have a reel protector and it all zips shut. Just pull out the broken down rod put the 2 ends together and you are fishing within seconds. Just an idea. Plus with the rod length cut in half I can put the rods anywhere I need too.
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Cataraftgirl....hmmm to be honest i dont think ive opened the cooler in the bay! just slapped it together and took that photo, and started on sideboards (boat not really even inflated). I'll have to check that.
If so, i will add some width in that bay by really utilizing the drop bag. Like you said i could get rid of the drop bag and just use my lip of the cooler and loop strap over top (like your canyon 105)...but only if it opens.

Yeah, i love how both items are totally level.
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I like your rod holder Cleve. My concern is having to pull the full length of the rod to go fish. I would think that most of us who fish transport our rods in a rod holder. Why not just use one of those. You can buy ones that have a reel protector and it all zips shut. Just pull out the broken down rod put the 2 ends together and you are fishing within seconds. Just an idea. Plus with the rod length cut in half I can put the rods anywhere I need too.
The half slit on top is about three feet long. so I have to pull about 6 foot of rod out.. On the cat my frame it 12' long with 12' full length decks so it's easy to move along it and give lots of room to pull the rod out.. am goin to mount the holder on the outside of the top rail. it fits snug right along the rail and should be safe.. The 28" tubes on the lion really make a nice buffer for blows from the side.. and gives it a good platform to rest. on..
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is this the most successful post in all of mtn buzz history?!?!
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I am pretty sure it is... However the fastest growing I think would go to the "should I buy a saturn" post.
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Old 03-27-2014   #820
 
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woow this double ducky rig is sweeeet! soo smart!!! its a pddle raft, rowing raft, and two duckies all in one! brilliant! ( like 10 pages back, th two purple aire duckies. PROPS! ) very functional and economic!
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