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Old 05-22-2016   #1
 
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Is this too big?

Just took delivery of a 44" custom dry box. It looks pretty tight. Too tight?
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Old 05-22-2016   #2
 
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Why so big?


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Bigger is better? I bought the boat from Cascade. They ordered it to take all advantage of the space between tubes


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Old 05-22-2016   #4
 
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As long as everything is smooth on the edges it should be fine. I have to shove mine down between the tubes and it's never caused an issue unless you don't like rub marks. I'm sure the next post will tell you the opposite
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Actually, now I can't delete that post. The closer I look my tubes rub the sides much higher on the box, on the sides not the corners like that. I'm not sure on that one. I don't have points poking the tubes like you do.

I think you need to look at it in the water though. Things tend to change shape a little on the water vs the floor.
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Old 05-23-2016   #6
 
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Put a preemptive "patch" on that area?

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In my experience, it depends on a few factors:
> Down here where I am (SW CO), we run a lot of sandy, silty rivers and the vee that is formed by the tube and the box catches grit, and it works the tube. In cleaner NW rivers, it may not be a big deal.
> As I learned the hard way, it's especially bad with an Aire boat, cuz the zipper seam is right on the rub point, and in about 2 San Juan trips, it went right through the sewn thread in the zipper seam (in a couple of small spots), so I repaired that, then glued a chafing patch over that whole area. And mine doesn't even rub hard, it just touches.
> I think my rule of thumb has become: I want a gap.
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Should be fine, Just marks up the boat. I 303 the rub area a couple times a season to reduce the noise it creates. Been 10+ yrs. Like stated above, could be a non-issue once boat in water.
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I think that would be just fine as well. I put a 38" cooler into a 36" hyside for 10 years - no issues. Just keep an eye on it and worst case glue on a rub guard if you spend a bunch of time in silty water.
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It should be fine......
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