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Old 11-15-2010   #1
 
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Dry Box Width

I am getting ready to order a new raft and drybox. The boat's interior width is listed at 44" and the Cambridge box I am looking at is offered in 40" or 44" width. Do I want an aluminum box touching tubes or should I have some space? The box will be riding behind my seat. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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I haven't had any trouble with my box that touches both tubes when it's in the boat. It's been used in that boat for 5 years, and the boat's 25 years old. I'd measure the boat for actual width, though. Tubes tend to bulge flat, a little bit, so listed dimensions could be slightly different than actual dimensions. Having to push the box down in would be less than ideal, but if it just slides in nice and touches, it's probably fine.
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Pushing the box in just a little back to spec dimensions is fine - that's what a thwart does. Pay attention to curves in the tubes or floor though...
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As said measure actual width (with tubes pumped to same pressure as you normally would) and pay attention to whether tubes are starting to curve in.
You might think about having the box made in a 42" width to accommodate curvature.
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Anything over 36 inches wide might be hard for one person to lift out of the boat (too wide depending on arm length). I like to have some space on either side to store miscelaneous items like pumps, stoves etc...It will fit in the back of a truck better too. Either way I would get the raft and frame set up before ordering the box.
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Dry Box

I would get a custom made dry box with a 42" width, another advantage to a custom box is that you can specify the height of the box to match the drop of your boat exactly, at least an inch off the floor is the norm. I don't believe customs cost that much more since ALL boxes are hand made except for the cheaper (Frontier) dry boxes that are mass produced in China I believe. I'm impressed with the Cambridge Frameworks boxes.

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I am getting ready to order a new raft and drybox. The boat's interior width is listed at 44" and the Cambridge box I am looking at is offered in 40" or 44" width. Do I want an aluminum box touching tubes or should I have some space? The box will be riding behind my seat. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 11-17-2010   #7
 
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Thanks for the ideas. Unfortunatly, I have to order both the boat and box unseen, but I am getting a great deal. That also means a custom box is not an option.

I didn't really think about the box being too big and/or heavy but thats a good point.

I am leaning towards the 40" at the moment.
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Make sure you have something wedged down into that space or cover it with a deck. A 4" gap on a boat is a perfect ankle catcher - both in flips and when walking around on the boat carrying gear.
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I'm with Wavester and all those who go with a box that is full-interior width for the boat. Serves the function that the thwart or crosstube would. If worried about fabric wear put some thin foam on the box. Mine stays in my Avon all summer, year after year, no problem. I'm also with Wavester and recommend custom boxes made the correct depth. My boxes turn out to be 15", with tabs so it hangs directly on the cross bars, and -- important -- only an inch above the frame. Makes for a nice level fit. Most custom boxes are 16" and rise 2-3 inches above the frame. I personally prefer a flatter, more leveled out load. Good luck!
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