Hey Everyone, I am outfitting my raft gradually throughout the winter for the longer trips I'll be taking next summer. I can't seem to find much info on gear loading on the web. I know you should try to balance the load, as with any boat, but I thought I might see if any of you would be willing to share your Alaskan float trip gear loading do's and don'ts. It looks like I need to by some loop cam straps, first of all, to sling my cooler off the ground, what about loading all the dry bags? Do I need a mesh floor of some kind that will keep the stuff up off the floor? What's the consensus on rocket boxes? Do I just use cam straps to strap them-up as well? Are they even necessary or recommended up here? I do plan to do some fly-out trips with this boat as well as road trips, so I'm looking to outfit it right the first time. I'm sure I'll fine tune it on my own after a few trips, but my first long trip may be my fly-out this summer, so I don't want to wish I'd set things-up differently once I get there.
I'm sure you guys can speed up my education. Pictures of your loaded boats would be welcome as well.
I should note that I have a 14ft Outcast pac 1400/ Aire SDP with an aire steel frame. (I may be purchasing a basic nrs type frame if it seems necessary.)
Thanks in advance.