Same here.... the boxes and cooler are in the raft & loaded. I fill at least the most forward end of the raft on the trailer with soft gear to keep weight forward on the trailer & sometimes fill the rower's bay with a few things as well.
I made the switch from cats to a raft 3 years ago. I kept my basic NRS cat frame (minus the lower rails) as it was a perfect fit for my Sotar SL14 raft. My dry boxes were shorter to fit the cat, so they don't touch/rub the sides of the raft.
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb