liftoperator, x3 on hanging your gear from your frame rather than having it on the floor. Dropstitch floors are generally hard, slick, and fast, but having gear on them still makes a bulge that sticks down into the current. Hanging the gear on the frame loads the weight spread-out on the main tubes where they won't put a lumpy bulge down into the current.
Originally Posted by Liquido
I agree that keeping things off the floor is a good idea. Griz is spot on about getting on the water early. There's few things worse than being with a group that wants to take there time in the morning by having a DO breakfast or something where you finally peel out at 11 if you're lucky. Sitting in the hot sun watching folks struggle with their straps isn't fun. Then someone in the group will invariably complain about how hard it is to row in an upstream wind (like it happening is a shock).
On the water early so you can start the fun at camp by 2 or 3.
Some people like to roll early, some like to roll late.
Most frustrating when you have a mix in your group.
If your group all likes to roll late (and you're on a river without upstream winds), then what's the problem? Personally I can go with the flow either way.
I do agree that rolling out early when you're on windy flat water is a solid decision.
Also the groups with small children and the others who want a big DO breakfast that puts you on the river right in the middle of nap time. (Sorry dad!)
Watching someone struggle with their straps is never fun. If you take more time with your straps, start rigging earlier than the people who are fast with rigging!!