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Old 02-01-2019   #1
 
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42" Drybox in Aire Trib?

Is anyone out there running the Frontier Play 42" drybox in their 16' Aire Tributary? The boat is 42" wide at the center line.

Wireframe is here: https://www.aire.com/amfilerating/fi...d/file_id/183/

I am using a Big Horn II frame.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-01-2019   #2
 
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If it fits it ships.

Last I checked something 42" wide will fit inside something flexible that is 42" wide.
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It's all about style. I was wondering if it was too tight, if it felt tight at the ends, how hard it was to get out, etc. I was hoping that someone who already had this set-up would chime in. Thanks though.
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I don't see a problem.


Some people like a gap between anything rubber and anything rigid. Others don't mind it tight. My own cooler isn't wide enough to touch the tubes, but I do run with it just touching the floor.

My 156R is 40.5" between the tubes; I wouldn't hesitate to run a 42" box.
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I run a 42" Recretec box in my 14' Trib. There is definitely a technique required to drop it into the bay. Well, drop is a generous term. Basically I do a little wiggle shimmy jive to get it most of the way in, then I have to lightly stomp on the center of the box to seat it. It makes me nervous every time to see those corners that close to the rubber, but so far so good except for a noticeable rub in one spot. I honestly don't know when or how that happened. My main concern is someone else trying to load it and causing damage to the boat because they don't know to hold their tongue just right.

As long as you don't trailer it with the box in place it would probably be fine, but honestly, if I had it to do again I'd go a little smaller. I think my suggestion is to err on the side of caution and go with the 38". You can use the money you save to buy rocket boxes or thirty packs of PBR to put in your Canyon.
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Boats vary in dimensions from manufacturing inconsistencies, to know how well one fits in your boat your best bet is to blow it up and measure width where you would like to park it. I'd think whacking a piece of wood to 42" and putting it between your tubes will give you a feel for how tight it will be.
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Great insight! Thanks.
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I've got a 38" box in a 14' Tributary with a Bighorn II frame. It's generally touching the sides, with an approx. 1.5-2" gap between the sides (total, not each side). It still rubs enough on the tubes to leave black marks, but no noticeable wearing of the PVC yet. That said, I wouldn't want to squeeze a 42" box in there.
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THANK YOU, Portermoab! That was the feedback I was looking for!
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Josh, FWIW I just ran across something that reminded me my dry box is in fact 40" wide, not 42". Sounds like you've decided to go with the 38" anyway, but I wanted to correct my misstatement pronto because I cannot imagine getting a 42" box between those tubes.
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