Originally Posted by zbaird
Assuming you aren't already running coolers and boxes that keep the sides from coming in, it will help. They do give a nice spot to attach a captains floor so it isn't swinging around. I don't think you'll really notice performance enhancements. This is a guy who grew up running the taco machine Miwok bucket boat.
Thanks for the input.
My cooler is a prospector 103 which is a tight fit in my 13' footer but obviously way to narrow to push the tubes apart on the 16' footer.
The floor is so floppy in the big boat without the thwarts and I did a dry land test with the thwarts in and the push the tubes out more than 3", which I was a little surprised at!
I was hoping that would make the boat track a bit better and have less vertical movement of the floor in regards to not pinching against my hanging gear... but I think I'll try the rails even if all I get is a little extra gear capacity, and a place to try a captain's bay floor.