I know this isn't strictly rafting related but it is more relevant here than in a canoeing forum.
I have an Incept C42T which is a three person inflatable canoe. I am heading off on a five day river trip (Clarence River in New Zealand) and need to sort out how to keep gear attached to the boat should things get a little upside down.
In an attempt to keep weight low down in the boat I was thinking of gluing on a couple of d-rings at the bottom of the side tubes just above the floor on both sides. This would allow me to have all of my gear on the floor and tie between the d-rings to hold everything in place. My concern is that as I tighten up the rope the gear will be forced down onto the floor which will pull the side tubes inwards and deform the hull.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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