Need some advice from the buzzards out there. Im going with an engel 65 as a seat for the oarsman. Ive got just a basic NRS fishing frame. Ive added a second cross bar to wedge the cooler in between but my question is drop bag or cooler straps? Wondering about the side to side movement of the cooler? I know ive seen threads on this exact subject just couldnt find them. Any advice would be fantastic! thanks
If you can afford it, get a drop bag, preferably custom made to your specifications. It will be so much easier and less of a hassle to use, and is more versatile if you change your setup later cause it can hold other stuff. It's worth the extra money.
I have not laid hands on an Engle yet so I'd suggest you get the cooler first and see if there is a lip big enough to rest on the cross bars. If so you don't need anything under it. To deal with side to side movment strap the handles to the the frame members that parallel your tubes. If there is a strap slot near the handles that is even better. I use a couple of different brand coolers that have both the lip that sits ont he frame and strap slots. Feel free to contact me if you want more info.
If you order a custom drop bag, make sure to take your depth measurements on the water. I made the mistake of measuring for mine on the trailer, and it's about 1" too deep and rides on the floor of my raft. Not a huge deal since I use it for random shit storage, but I'd have been pissed if I ordered it for a cooler and ended up with my cooler riding on the floor.
I use cam straps to support my engel. You can adjust height better with cams over the drop bag. If you rest cooler on frame rails, opening/closing of latches is hindered. I primarily sit atop drybox, but if necessary row from cooler in the opposite bay from drybox.