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...the best fit I've found so far is the Yeti Tundra 65. It has a lip underneath the lid that the cooler will hang from on the frame cross bars, and the bottom has a few inches of clearance from the floor.

Does any one else make a similar sized cooler designed to hang in a frame. Most everything else I am finding is too tall to hang from the frame on a 14 foot boat.

I am hoping to find something a bit cheaper than the Yeti, and I also don't like the way the Yeti latches are positioned so that they hit the frame cross bar.
 

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I’ve used a canyon prospector 103 in my 13 ft raft for years. It’s snug width wise and maybe an inch or so between the cooler and the floor. I don’t know your wireframe but a 65 in a 14 ft boat seems really small to me.
 

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I’ve used a canyon prospector 103 in my 13 ft raft for years. It’s snug width wise and maybe an inch or so between the cooler and the floor.
Prospector 103 is 37.5" width on top, 36.75" below the lip. It's a great fit for midsize boats.
(The Navigator 150 is huge...I wish they'd bring out something in the 120-130qt range)



I don’t know your wireframe
NRS.com says it's 37" width between the tubes.



but a 65 in a 14 ft boat seems really small to me.
Agree.
 

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Do you have the 140 or 142? They are similar, with one being about 6" narrower.

Either way, the Yeti 65 won't take up the full width so I'd say go bigger. I have the Canyon Coolers Prospector as well and really like it. Designed for rafters by rafters and has some cool features like a lip designed to sit on a raft frame with slots to strap it down and still be able to open the top. It also has a drain on the long side so you don't have to squeeze your hands between the tubes and the cooler to drain it. Lifetime warranty but still cheaper then the Yeti stuff. If you have the Otter 140, which NRS website says is 45" wide between tubes, you could probably fit the Canyon Coolers Navigator which is the Prospectors bigger brother. It might be a little tall though...not sure what the interior height on these boats are.

If you are set on Yeti...the 110 seems like a good fit for the Otter 142. Yeti 125 or you could maybe just barely squeeze a 160 in but it would be tight.

RTIC makes clones of the Yeti coolers and are half the price for 85% of the build quality and design.

I still like Canyon Coolers the most though. Reasonably priced, well designed, and made specifically for rafting.
 

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I have the 140 which is 7' wide to the outside of the tubes.

I should have mentioned that I'm just looking for a day cooler. I have another set up already for multi-days. Thats one reason I was looking in the 60 to 70 quart range. Looking for something that easier to get in and out of the boat. A couple of my local day runs have crappy access and involve some lugging.

I really like the looks of the Canyon coolers, and I've already had my eye on the 103. Unfortunately, from the top rail on my frame to my floor is only about 12.75 and the 103 is 13.73 from the base to the rim that sits on the frame, so I'd kind if lose the "hanging" effect.

Really appreciate all the ideas. Thanks.



Do you have the 140 or 142? They are similar, with one being about 6" narrower.

Either way, the Yeti 65 won't take up the full width so I'd say go bigger. I have the Canyon Coolers Prospector as well and really like it. Designed for rafters by rafters and has some cool features like a lip designed to sit on a raft frame with slots to strap it down and still be able to open the top. It also has a drain on the long side so you don't have to squeeze your hands between the tubes and the cooler to drain it. Lifetime warranty but still cheaper then the Yeti stuff. If you have the Otter 140, which NRS website says is 45" wide between tubes, you could probably fit the Canyon Coolers Navigator which is the Prospectors bigger brother. It might be a little tall though...not sure what the interior height on these boats are.

If you are set on Yeti...the 110 seems like a good fit for the Otter 142. Yeti 125 or you could maybe just barely squeeze a 160 in but it would be tight.

RTIC makes clones of the Yeti coolers and are half the price for 85% of the build quality and design.

I still like Canyon Coolers the most though. Reasonably priced, well designed, and made specifically for rafting.
 

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I have the 140 which is 7' wide to the outside of the tubes.

I should have mentioned that I'm just looking for a day cooler. I have another set up already for multi-days. Thats one reason I was looking in the 60 to 70 quart range. Looking for something that easier to get in and out of the boat. A couple of my local day runs have crappy access and involve some lugging.

I really like the looks of the Canyon coolers, and I've already had my eye on the 103. Unfortunately, from the top rail on my frame to my floor is only about 12.75 and the 103 is 13.73 from the base to the rim that sits on the frame, so I'd kind if lose the "hanging" effect.

Really appreciate all the ideas. Thanks.
Ah...well then a 60 is probably great. I have the Canyon 55 and it works well for that kinda duty. The soft coolers work great as day coolers too and easy to stow and nice and soft and easy to lug around and will easily keep stuff cold for a day or two. Might be worth looking into. RTIC makes a decent one for a reasonable price and lots of other options from Yeti pricing to cheap chinese stuff.

I agree with MT4runner in that I would love if Canyon expanded
 

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I agree with MT4runner in that I would love if Canyon expanded

And add the steel pins in the lid/body of the Prospector like the Navigator has.


But...minor details. They really have hit a home run with that design. Even without the pins on the Prospector, it has a great shape and volume distribution. The rise in the center to keep it off the raft floor, the center drain, the hanging lip and latches that don't hit your bars. Really thinking on that one. Well done, Canyon.
 

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haha...I totally didn't finish that sentence did I?

It should have said that I agree that Canyon should expand the product line with one in between the Navigator and Prospector and another one smaller then the Prospector. I'd love one that fits in a Mini-Max or similar sized boat.

I do like the pins. It sort of has them for the rear hinge, but not the same as the Navigator. Looks like it would work well for holding down a pad or something but still allow you open the lid without unstrapping.
 

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haha...I totally didn't finish that sentence did I?

It should have said that I agree that Canyon should expand the product line with one in between the Navigator and Prospector and another one smaller then the Prospector. I'd love one that fits in a Mini-Max or similar sized boat.

I knew what you meant!


The Outfitter 55 with a ledge and lid pins would come very close to those requirements...and would be close to fitting lengthwise in the rower's bay of a 16'-18' boat for a day cooler.
 

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I knew what you meant!


The Outfitter 55 with a ledge and lid pins would come very close to those requirements...and would be close to fitting lengthwise in the rower's bay of a 16'-18' boat for a day cooler.
Agreed. That is what I use with my Mini-Max and it would be great if it had the lip and such. Maybe have the lip go all the way around so you could use it lengthwise like a captains box like you said.

Canyon Coolers peeps... Are you listening?
 

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I just came across this forum and have an opinion question as well.

I have an 13' RMR with the I-beam floor. I have a DRE Gunnison 3 bay sitting on top. I've been looking at the Canyon Prospector 103 that you've mentioned above. Would this fit my set up? I feel like yes, but haven't actually tried it yet.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
 

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I just came across this forum and have an opinion question as well.

I have an 13' RMR with the I-beam floor. I have a DRE Gunnison 3 bay sitting on top. I've been looking at the Canyon Prospector 103 that you've mentioned above. Would this fit my set up? I feel like yes, but haven't actually tried it yet.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

I don't see why the Prospector 103 wouldn't fit. Seems its width/height would be fine in most boats down to about 12'. It would probably be tight in a narrow boat like a Super Puma.

It's 13.75" at the bottom of the lip (top of your bars to top of floor).
Width is 36.75" (between your tubes)

I couldn't open RMR's website to check their wireframe, you'll have to do it the old fashioned way and pull a tape!
 

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jabbers, I found a pic on vwaveriversupply.com




Actually looks like the Prospector 103 (36.75" wide) will be a bit tight between the tubes (35" inside), and will touch the top of the Ibeam floor. Assuming your DRE frame is 2" tubes, you'll be 3/4" into the floor. (11" + 2" > 13.75")

It's a great cooler design. I'd suggest you test-fit one to see how much or little it contacts before discounting it and seeking another cooler...but I wouldn't buy it sight-unseen, either.
 

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I just came across this forum and have an opinion question as well.



I have an 13' RMR with the I-beam floor. I have a DRE Gunnison 3 bay sitting on top. I've been looking at the Canyon Prospector 103 that you've mentioned above. Would this fit my set up? I feel like yes, but haven't actually tried it yet.



Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
I have a 13' RMR from 2011 and my canyon prospector 103 fits perfect. It's a friction fit when the boat is fully aired up but it goes.

The bottom of the cooler just barely kisses the floor. If you had a really big pinch your floor may not do well, but there's no real weight on the floor in a neutral situation.
 

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Does anyone use a Prospector 103 in a bag next to a drop bag cover? That’s my top choice for a new cooler, and I’d like it to be in the second bay. However, the first bay has a drop bag with hatch cover (and the table goes across that bay). I’m just wondering if folks have figured out a way to have the cooler and hatch “share” space on the cross bar.
 

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you may have to rig the cooler with loop straps underneath so the ridge on the cooler can sit above the table
 

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Thanks. That’s another thought I had, but I’m not super keen on doing that. I’m borrowing one this week from someone in town to test out the fit and see how things look. I could row from it, but I’d much rather have my cooler towards the front. There’s a couple other coolers on my list of the Prospector doesn’t quite work out.
 
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