I like sitting on the dry box and having the cooler in the second bay with the latches facing me. Having control over the cooler is good psychological leverage over passengers.Big thanks everyone for the solid feedback! Leaning towards a 4-bay setup as follows...
One follow-up question related to the cooler...A few folks chimed in on getting the biggest cooler possible (e.g. Navigator 150 vs. Prospector 103). I get the rationale for filling the width of the boat but I'm still leaning towards the 103 so that I don't have an oversized cooler for two people or have to shell out an extra couple hundred bucks. The only use case that I can see myself wanting a bigger cooler for is on the GC and on large group trips. Outside of that, I'd probably have a ton of void space and end up needing lots more ice on every trip. Am I missing anything?
- First bay - hatch with drop bag
- Second bay - dry box with a separate wood or plastic cover that can be swapped out for the dry box on day drips. Having a paco pad lounge area for the dog & Mrs. on day trips is super appealing. I was interested in the the split box option but can't justify the added costs.
- Third bay - footwell sans captain boxes and no added floor. Definitely will have a smaller soft cooler handy.
- Fourth bay - cooler to sit on (likely Prospector 103)
- *Note - there's a small chance I may switch the cooler and dry box positions.