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Old 10-31-2018   #1
McMinnville, Oregon
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Dry Box Seat or Not

Looking to setup a new rig this winter and I'm trying to decide whether or not to get a seat mounted to the dry box in the rowers bay. My current raft has a low back tractor seat mounted to a cross bar and is comfortable. I've also rowed drift boats with a rope seat and no back and didn't mind that either.

So, what are the pros and cons of sitting directly on the dry box (with foam) vs mounting a seat on the dry box lid? The only two cons I can think of with tractor seat mount on the dry box are added cost and possibly more difficulty getting into the box. Thoughts?


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Old 10-31-2018   #2
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I like sitting on foam on the box. It makes the area more versatile, in my opinion. I am always make sure to strap down a large, comfy dry bag right behind it so I can fully recline as desired. Probably boils down to personal preference though. I used a chair for a while and didn't like it. Felt too high and too restrictive.
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Old 11-01-2018   #3
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Lower center of gravity and an abilty to easily shift your weight will make you much harder to flip.
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Old 11-01-2018   #4
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I had a seat mounted directly to my dry box for few years and didn't like. It made the lid of the dry box too heavy (and a bit of a safety hazard) and eventually I had to replace the dry box hinge. I switched to flip-seat and it works great.
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Old 11-01-2018   #5
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Think the main pro's and cons got covered above. I sit on my cooler with my paco pad on top, and works well, so think you could be real happy sittin on your dry box. Having a good dry bag for a back rest will eventually be key for ya, cause you never get any younger, and it is safer, cause it makes so you couldn't fall over backwords in a flip, or after to many beers!!
Make sure it is not some kind of foam that will fill with water and soak your ass, that would just suck....
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Old 11-01-2018   #6
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My last boat had a high back seat on the dry box. It was comfortable enough but made it damn near impossible to open the dry box when there was gear loaded behind it. I ended up removing it. On my new boat I sit on a Paco with dry bags behind me and am as comfy as can be.
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Old 11-01-2018   #7
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I've also rowed drift boats with a rope seat and no back and didn't mind that either.Thanks
How about a rope seat on your box? That way you would not be sitting in a puddle all day with a wet butt. I have a similar seat on my frame but I use strapping instead of rope because I think it is more comfortable.
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Old 11-01-2018   #8
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those rope seats actually look like decent garage projects.
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I built a flip seat for around 17 bucks. I had always sat on a seat with my cat and really liked it. So far this flip seat has been awesome. Here is a link. https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...ipe-87618.html
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Old 11-01-2018   #10
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I have been using a low back NRS seat on my cooler and this summer I finally took it off and ordered a foam/fabric dry box cover from Wetdreams River supply. I hated the seat, Its not comfortable and you can't relax in it on flatware. Also I find I like to change my seat position when rowing in powerful water vs flat water, If I was rowing in a rapid I would be sitting forward on the edge of the seat and that wasn't comfy either. Plus, If Im just floating and not rowing much I prefer to be able to lean back on a paco or my gear pile. I decided Im just not a seat guy.
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