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Soft or hard cooler?

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i also had the same dilemma with my last boat.since it's illegal to transport live fish in my area the new boats live well was converted to a cooler.can't affect the resale and it drains into the bilge.holds ice for days.it's 1.5 inches thick all around.best mod i've done on the boat yet.
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The long igloo marine ultra 36 ringleader that I have keeps ice a long time, fits perfectly on the otherwise unused front bench of my Lowe, and holds 10+ pound snakeheads easily.

I bungee it to the two forward cleats and store it in my pickup bed. Back there it doesn't clank around like a hard cooler so I don't even tie it down. Here's the before and after hitting it with spray paint :-)


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A word of advice, coming from someone who lives in a pretty hot area (during the summer). And yes I am on the water as many days as possible, in the hot sun, crappie fishing, in an area where shoreline is just barely visible (about 8 nm in any direction).

Take your cooler of choice, the day before you are going to the water, throw it in the freezer and let it freeze. Then load it up the next day with as much ice as possible, OR, like I do, use some of those ice packs. You can get more ice packs in there than ice cubes and it makes less mess and is re-freezable. This is the way I do it, and it holds ice ALL day (I haven't tried more than a whole day because the live well is usually filled long before a full day). I also freeze the small (little tiny) cooler and put minnows in it.

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i freeze milk jugs with water and a little bleach.tape the caps on and reuse them till they are unuseable.i usually get a whole season out of them.usually good for 2 days before i have to refreeze them.no water in the cooler and your sandwitches don't get soggy.
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wmk0002 wrote:
20 Aug 2019, 11:15
Since this is a cooler thread good of place as any to ask. As mentioned above I have a Yeti Roadie and use it as a passenger seat and even as a fishing seat for a 3rd person on occasion...Does anyone know of a good solution to add padding to the top? Have seen ones you can order fro SeaDek and similar places but not sure they offer much cushion and are pretty pricey. Be nice to have something a little more plush and more inl ine of the middle livewell seats you see in the stick steer panfish style boats.
Quoting myself here....I never purchased a cushion top for my Yeti but am looking to pull the trigger soon. Came across these from ' Butt Hurt Seats'. $60 for a cushion for a 20 qt hard cooler seems like a fair deal - at least compared to what all else I have seen on the market. Anyone have any thoughts on these?

https://www.butthurtseats.com/
https://www.butthurtseats.com/products/yeti-20-roadie
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wmk0002 wrote:
06 Jan 2020, 13:09
wmk0002 wrote:
20 Aug 2019, 11:15
Since this is a cooler thread good of place as any to ask. As mentioned above I have a Yeti Roadie and use it as a passenger seat and even as a fishing seat for a 3rd person on occasion...Does anyone know of a good solution to add padding to the top? Have seen ones you can order fro SeaDek and similar places but not sure they offer much cushion and are pretty pricey. Be nice to have something a little more plush and more inl ine of the middle livewell seats you see in the stick steer panfish style boats.
Quoting myself here....I never purchased a cushion top for my Yeti but am looking to pull the trigger soon. Came across these from ' Butt Hurt Seats'. $60 for a cushion for a 20 qt hard cooler seems like a fair deal - at least compared to what all else I have seen on the market. Anyone have any thoughts on these?

https://www.butthurtseats.com/
https://www.butthurtseats.com/products/yeti-20-roadie
https://www.butthurtseats.com/pages/pictures

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So I went ahead and ordered this cooler cushion in the exact color scheme in the attached picture. My cooler is the same color as that one as well. Cost was $59.99 on the dot with free shipping. I'll report back after I receive it and get it installed and let y'all know what I think.
2016 Alumacraft 1648 NCS - 1992 Johnson 9.9 HP Tiller
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I have a RTIC Soft Pack 8 that I use on my boat. It has plenty of room for a refreezable ice pack and a couple sodas and about 6 bottles of water. I usually stuff in a few granola bars too. I fish alone a bunch and it is enough room for what I need for the day. It also keeps the ice packs frozen pretty well, it is small so I just stick it under my console out of direct sunlight. If I fished a bunch with a partner I would move up to the 20 or 30 size. Love the cooler, doesnt leak and is always on sale for a good price.

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Some of you are really serious about the coolers, and I don't blame you one bit. I prefer the hard coolers myself. I have a couple of soft ones. I feel that I can clean them out better. I have one soft cooler and the zipper is a real pain. It's not an expensive one, hence the pain with the zipper. If I had a live well, that would be my cooler. Keeping fish alive is for tournament guys. I like to ice my fish right away, if I am keeping them. Why do you put bleach in the cartons? I never heard of it before today.

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They both have their use.

I bought a softside years ago. I would tell you the name, but the company went full tactical, and doesn't make these ice chests any more. Too bad, I would buy another. It is perfect for a daytrip or a large lunch box. I freeze water bottles for ice, and as it melts I have cold drinking water all day.

For longer trips, like a all nightery or a two day, then the big "Ice Hole" ice chest gets dropped in the center or the boat.

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