Post by Ken Corbett on Apr 10, 2006 10:25:44 GMT -5
How do you secure your beer cooler inside your boat, so you can still get to it in an "emergency"? My cooler has no doodads to tie a decent rope to. At least it has a small fliptop that allows for convenient and quick access.
I've found it easier to just use one of those 6 can soft cooler bags (insulated lunch bag?). Leave the rest of your "beaverages" secured in your cooler until need to refill bag. You can throw those bags anywhere in the canoe and if you flip all that is lost is the little cooler bag.
last year I had a 2x4 I ripped in 2, 8' long. if I passed it under the thwarts, the ends would rest on the front and back seat on my boat anyways. My cooler wedged in between nicely and the 1.5" square pieces of wood offered good tie down riggin. It is a coleman cooler with a latch that holds the top closed so it doesn't unload your stash when you flip.
medallion took a strap with a quick connect plastic thing and wrapped it around his cooler. He duct taped it to the top and front side of the cooler so it wouldn't flop around. This kept him from unloading his stash upon flip, then he just tied down the handles to keep the cooler in. Pete
Ive Since did away with the duct tape and used short wide thread stainless steel screws.They tape easilly into the plastic of the cooler.The strap i used is the standard Colgans straps from Canadian Tire.They have the buckle type qwick connects.You can add extra webbing in this fashion as well for extra tyes.We all have the D-Rings glued to the floor as well.gives extra flexability to your load hadling.
What i liked with Pete's 2x4 rig was that it kept all the load centered -- might try a hybreed of both this year.
What works well for us in a tandem kayak is soft coolers (usually they have straps and loops) combined with those quick release thingies called carabineers that rock climbers use -- readily available in various sizes at MEC, Canadian Tire etc. I would think an extra large carabineer would fit around the thwart of most canoes.