Dry Box/Raft Question

PT

Physhicist
#1
Want to replace my Coleman cooler/dry box with and actual dry box. Question is regarding the width. Current cooler is 35" wide and just touches the inside sides of the raft when in place. Most of the dry boxes I'm looking at are 36" wide. Will having the box fit snug inside the boat do damage? I wouldn't think so, but thought I'd ask. Fully inflated, a 36" box would have to be pushed into place whereas my cooler falls in and is slightly loose.
 

BDD

Active Member
#2
I would not want an aluminum dry box with corners rubbing on the sides of my inflatable when fully inflated, whatever material it was made out of. That just seems like a situation begging for a patch/repair job in the future. If I were to do it, I might put some patch/wear guards in place first, just for some preventative maintenance.
 

PT

Physhicist
#3
Thanks, was just going to post an answer to my own question. Not going to force it. I'll find one 35" or I'll have one custom made.

BDD, any suggestions for box makers?
 

BDD

Active Member
#4
Don't know the specs but I have always been partial to Recretec or NRS for quality products and customer service.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#6
Many of my expedition rafting buddies (Grand Canyon, etc.) just use coolers instead of dry boxes. Coolers are lighter and cheaper and in reality, often about as dry as a dry box. If you flip in big water, even a 'dry box' often isn't totally dry. The downside is that you loose some internal storage space with a cooler because of the insulated walls but the good news is since you don't need the insulation, you can just get cheap ones. Keep a couple cam straps around the lid and you'll be about as dry as an expensive dry box.
 

Ray

Active Member
#7
Many of my expedition rafting buddies (Grand Canyon, etc.) just use coolers instead of dry boxes. Coolers are lighter and cheaper and in reality, often about as dry as a dry box. If you flip in big water, even a 'dry box' often isn't totally dry. The downside is that you loose some internal storage space with a cooler because of the insulated walls but the good news is since you don't need the insulation, you can just get cheap ones. Keep a couple cam straps around the lid and you'll be about as dry as an expensive dry box.
And coolers float better after you pin/flip/wrap yardsale.
 
#9
Before I bought my dry box, I was considering one of these:
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/tractor-supply-coreg;-chest-32-in
The local store had several, including a diamond plate aluminium one that fit my size requirements and I thought they were pretty well constructed. I believe it was this model that had a top with a seal similar to a dry box that would work reasonably well. About $99, much cheaper than a custom dry box. Wish I'd bought that instead of the cheap Chinese dry box I got instead.
 

BDD

Active Member
#10
I was into dry boxes for a while. Then I realized, that nice as they are, they can be expensive, may not be readily available, and don't often come in the sizes you need. A cooler can double as a dry box and cooler, are lighter, less expensive and readily available. And as Ray said, they float.
 

PT

Physhicist
#12
A cooler doesn't keep things dry, it keeps them cold and usually wet. Dry box will keep things dry and the cooler can be left to serve its intended purpose. A number of things could be done to my cooler to try and make it more like a dry box but I have enough shit to tinker with as it is. Besides, then I'd have to buy another cooler to serve the purpose of keeping things cold while my original cooler is being used to keep things dry.....
 

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