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Old 10-19-2017   #1
 
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Tributary 14- Roto Cooler Recommendations?

Hi All,

New to the forum and have been really loving the amount of information to wade through. I've been researching coolers quite a bit, but can't seem to pin down the right direction to head in (man, lots of unintended puns already). I recently picked up a Trib 14 with a Bighorn II frame and I'm trying to decide on what roto cooler I should go with.

Internal width for the raft is 42", tubes diameter is 20", and center depth is 13.75". Let's assume, for the sake of the thread, that cost is not a factor in the decision. Here's what I've been looking at:

- Engel 123 (108 qt.). Length= 39" bottom; 41.5" top. Height= 18.25"

- Canyon Prospector 103 (103 qt.). Length= 37.5". Height= 18.56" (13.75" below frame mount")

- Yeti 125 (109 qt.). Length= 38 5/8" bottom; 40" top. Height= 20"

- RTIC 145 (145 qt). Length= 40 1/8" bottom; 41 5/8" top. Height= 20 7/8"

General thoughts:

- Engel 123 may be the best fit for the raft, and it requires the narrowest bay width (16 3/4"). I think it would stick 4-5" out of the frame, leaving 11-13" to the floor. I've heard the latches can have issues.

- Canyon Prospector 103 is the smallest capacity, but has some nice features (crossbar mounts; straps below the lid; front drain; sliding bottom instead of rubber feet, etc.). It's the narrowest length of the 4 coolers, leaving plenty of room between the tubes (but likely not too much to have the cooler moving around). The lid looks the most unpleasant to sit on without a Paco or other padding. It's also the least aesthetically pleasing in my opinion, but that's not a big deal.

- RTIC 145 as the capacity is much higher than the other coolers, although I'm concerned it may be too long and/or stick up too high out of the frame. (current drybox height is 4" above the frame for comparison). I assume RTIC and Yeti require about 5" above the frame, which would leave 13-14" below the frame to floor. Maybe a bit tight, so then you're looking at 6-7" out of the frame, which is too high for what I'm going for.

- Yeti 125 raises the same questions regarding whether it's going to be too deep and/or stick out of frame too much in order to compensate.

Any opinons on these coolers as well as how they'll fit given the boat specs would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Canyon Cooler with how it mounts is by far the best for loading/unloading. no straps to deal with under or over. I don't trust RTIC with their ever changing warranty.
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I love my canyon coolers, granted i have the older sailor 105 canyon and a 55. My brother, brother in law and friends have the engles and they seem to work great and also be great and just fit well.. I would also look at the k2 120 that is a very nice fit and i like how their latches stay on the body so you can lower it more.. they have scratch and dents in stock right now. I do like the bigger size the rtic offers but if i buy another cooler right now my wife may shoot me.
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Since the quality of most of the coolers you mentioned is pretty similar I would recommend choosing the one that best fits your raft and sits the lowest. I wouldn't worry about it sitting on your frame as you can better adjust the fit by using straps to support it in your frame. The Engel looks like a pretty good fit to me.
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We went with an Orca 140 because we had a pro form. We use it in a BHII frame suspended by a homemade sling of cam straps. We are more than happy with the performance and it's a true 140. Ours was made in the US and has a lifetime warranty. Looking at the site now, the price has dropped a fair amount. Made in Asia now?

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If you can wait for a while, Canyon coolers will possibly have 160 qt. that would fit and have all the features of the prospector in the spring.
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I love my Prospector and wouldn't go back to a cooler that requires extra mounting hardware. I never row without a paco because of height. The strapping is easy and it fits my 14' like a charm. I love that the baskets inside can fit two different ways. Inside dimensions are perfect for freezing standard 2.5 gallon water jugs at most grocery stores which has saved me a ton if $ over the years. Holds ice like a champ with minimal effort.
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I too have a 103 prospector and would never get any thing else except maybe a bigger one for my next GC trip when one is available.
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I'm kinda in the same boat (aren't puns always intended?) I really want a prospector for the ease of mounting, but the current size offered is just a little too wide to fit my new boat arriving in the spring. Hoping that make a 50-70qt model in the prospector line.
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