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Old 05-15-2008   #1
 
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Dry Box Fit

Haven't seen a topic on it before but was wondering people's perspectives/opinions on dry box fit to a frame/raft. Is it okay the the side tubes touch the side of the dry box when it is in place? I can raise and lower my dry box in and out of boat but noticed some pretty good chafing marks after it's first trip down the river. Should I be worried?

thanks for any info.

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I would. Rubbing means friction, think saw or erosion like rivers carving canyons, or think blister when your shoes are too big.

At the least, apply a patch over where it is rubbing and then you will be wearing out the patch rather then your tubes.

What boat is it on and how big is your drybox?
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It is a Maravia Williwaw II and the dry box is 42inches wide.
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Dam, too big for me to offer to buy it off your hands!
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Glue a patch on your boat and some rubber on your box. Then you box is like a fully inflated thwart.
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Old 05-16-2008   #6
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My Willi is pretty tough. Especially when I run the boat low on air the tubes will come over and rub on my boxes. The aluminum ( mine is ) oxidizes and discolors the boat. Looks bad, but I have never had even a small hole in that area.

My boxes are 44 inches wide. And if the boat is soft ( meaning slightly ovaled by the weight of frame etc.) I have to push the boxes in when rigging to push the tubes out of the way.

They are very abrasion resistant, but if you fold the boat and the folded corner rubs during transport you will have a hole.

FWIW.
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