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Old 07-24-2017   #1
Eagle Mountian, Utah
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Cooler height?

Looking for a new cooler. Lots of the higher volume options out there (125 quarts or more) seem really tall. How high does your cooler stick out above your frame?i was looking at the orca 140 or canyon 125 but they would sit 8 inches or so higher than my frame. Anyone know of some long low coolers out there?

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Old 07-24-2017   #2
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Our Orca 140 sits about 5 inches above the frame. We have it suspended 2 or so inches off the floor and the boat has 22" tubes. The problem is the latch handles. Even a shallow cooler will need to sit up high enough that you can use the latches.
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Old 08-15-2017   #3
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Low profile cooler...

...I just did a ton of research on this topic, as I was outfitting my new NRS Otter 140. I wanted a very low profile rig, and was having trouble finding a high volume cooler that didn't set up too high.

I ended up buying an MP110 from Recretrec, which is only 16 inches high. Its something like 18 x 16 x 38, and around 100 quarts. They go for around $375.

This was by far the best cooler dimensions for rafting that I found, especially for a 14 foot boat.
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Old 08-15-2017   #4
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Canyon prospectors 103 is perfect for a 14'raft, but smaller than you are looking for.

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Old 08-15-2017   #5
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Engle 123

I have an Engle 123 with 22 inch tubes. It sits about 4-5 inches above the frame with the latches accessible.
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Old 08-16-2017   #6
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Maybe I'm just cheap but I have always used a plain old 120 qt Igloo from Target, Wal-Mart, etc. It sits only about 3" tall if the hinges are right at frame height. It faces the rowing bay and opens all the way. It won't open quite as much if my dry box is open too, which face the front in the front bay. It hangs from the frame, about an inch above the floor, on 3" seat belt webbing with adjustable glide fittings. Loop straps hold it in place over the top when you need good security. It never came out of the boat or opened up during my flip on Lava!

If you use good ice and "manage" it properly, the Igloo will keep things cold for a 5-7 day trip.
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