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ryin 05-31-2013 6:59 AM

what you use for boat coolers?
 
I am curious what everyone uses for cooler situation. they are always big and in the way especially if other people bring their own coolers. do you use the igloo marine coolers or rolling coolers? I use the boat cooler for drinks and a small igloo for food.

Fourspeednup 05-31-2013 7:38 AM

Www.aocoolers.com are the best soft sided coolers on the market. The thought of a hard sided cooler banging around the interior or sliding across gel coat keeps me up at night.

Have used the AO's for about 5 years now with no leaks. Great product and more importantly, they stand behind their products with a great warranty.

Fiveflat 05-31-2013 8:35 AM

I use the stock softside Axis cooler that comes with the boat. I'm pretty sure it's an AOcooler, not positive though. I have two now... bottles were placed in one and the caps ripped up the inside liner a bit.

jhartt3 05-31-2013 8:48 AM

why do you have bottles on your boat?

Fiveflat 05-31-2013 8:51 AM

Because that was the only option for my beverage of choice that time out.

iShredSAN 05-31-2013 8:55 AM

I have a YETI 65 and a 35 that both work great depending on how many people are going to be on the boat that day. Holds ice for days, makes a great table, seat, etc. and has a little sliding basket near the top for food and items you don't want down in the ice. Would also recommend getting the Seadek top...

http://www.yeticoolers.com/

Dmac420sj 05-31-2013 9:36 AM

Hey boarder cuz plinys don't come in can!!17 oz or growler! And if you don't know google it 100/100 on beer rate. Com. Mmmmm pliny

Dmac420sj 05-31-2013 9:50 AM

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Fiveflat 05-31-2013 9:55 AM

My bar fridge looks the same... need to defrost that baby.

Shawn 05-31-2013 11:38 AM

I converted my underseat ski locker into my cooler, but if you are going with a "portable" cooler that will not fit in a locker, I would recommend going with a soft side like one above. I noticed that the interior of my boat is getting scuffed up from the small hard coolers that my crew sometimes bring on board as they get bounced around around.

fman 05-31-2013 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Fiveflat (Post 1824860)
I use the stock softside Axis cooler that comes with the boat. I'm pretty sure it's an AOcooler, not positive though. I have two now... bottles were placed in one and the caps ripped up the inside liner a bit.

If its the same one that comes with a Malibu then its not even close to the same quality as an AO cooler. I just purchased an AO this season and they are night and day in quality and how long they keep ice.

AO now builds a cooler just for the Malibu, it fits perfectly in the ice chest cooler or under any seat in the boat... not sure on the Axis if its the same size.

Here is the link for the Malibu cooler:

http://www.aocoolers.com/index.cfm?category=15

Tommy1005 06-01-2013 3:59 AM

I'll stick with my Yeti. Hadn't seen the Seadeck tops for them, will have to get one of those in the near future.

baitkiller 06-01-2013 6:35 AM

When I did the stringers and decks I converted the sub floor battery box on the Si Nautique to a cooler. By making a hinged lid with catch,gel coating the inside, adding a drain plug and applying 2" of foam around it. It holds 12 cans, six water bottles and ten pounds of cube ice. Keeps cold all day.

Fiveflat 06-01-2013 7:13 AM

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Originally Posted by fman (Post 1825022)
If its the same one that comes with a Malibu then its not even close to the same quality as an AO cooler. I just purchased an AO this season and they are night and day in quality and how long they keep ice.

AO now builds a cooler just for the Malibu, it fits perfectly in the ice chest cooler or under any seat in the boat... not sure on the Axis if its the same size.

Here is the link for the Malibu cooler:

http://www.aocoolers.com/index.cfm?category=15

That picture you posted looks just like my Axis cooler. I'm not disagreeing with you - this could be a fake AO, but this little cooler holds ice for more than one day in 90-100 degree weather. I'm happy with it. It is close to the same price at the dealership as that one on their website too:
At the end of the day, we're on the same page - I like the AO cooler.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-W...601_070539.jpghttps://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-f...601_070552.jpg

Pad1Tai 06-01-2013 9:02 AM

my set up..

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p...psc87db116.jpg

srock 06-01-2013 9:59 AM

I have used Horizons LTD soft sided coolers for years without failure and they are pretty good for a soft sided at keeping ice. I recently purchased an AO and would have to put in on the same level. The key is the heat welded interior liner. They don't leak like others but do require that you dry them after use so they don't get nasty. Softies are nice as they get smaller with use, mold to the space and are well soft. Yeti or similar is a no brainer as the hard sided choice. I threw out old my old cheap ice melters years ago and started with an icey tech. The old style are uglier than the newer stuff but man do they hold ice.

mmobius2001 06-01-2013 12:35 PM

I use my built in cooler for empties, and i use something similar to this, i made sure it was perfect width to fit right in the bow walk thru, when people want to sit up front they just step over it, and i have all my space in the cabin. this isnt the exact model, mine opens at the end so you can easy get your beverage from cabin.

http://www.meijer.com/assets/product...0188_A_600.jpg

nitrousbird 06-01-2013 4:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Fiveflat (Post 1825042)
That picture you posted looks just like my Axis cooler. I'm not disagreeing with you - this could be a fake AO, but this little cooler holds ice for more than one day in 90-100 degree weather. I'm happy with it. It is close to the same price at the dealership as that one on their website too:
At the end of the day, we're on the same page - I like the AO cooler.

Since AO just came out with this size cooler a couple months ago, you for sure don't have an AO cooler.

I just wish AO offered that height of cooler in a few more sizes. The only place that one fits on my 'Bu is either under the observer seat (awful spot for a cooler) or under the port flip-up seat...which happens to have a plumbed Fly High sack there.

tn_rider 06-02-2013 12:45 PM

Yeti is the way to go! Lake Dwellers is a new company that just started in this area. They sell coolers that are similar to yeti product. They say they hold Ice for 10 days. They also make shirts hoodies and the stretchy board shorts.

tn_rider 06-02-2013 12:53 PM

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wakeworld 06-02-2013 7:56 PM

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I just got one of the AO Coolers for under seats and it's unbelievably good at keeping my ice from melting! It would fit under my seats, but I just leave it on the floor for easy access.

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cwkoch 06-03-2013 7:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Fiveflat (Post 1825042)
That picture you posted looks just like my Axis cooler. I'm not disagreeing with you - this could be a fake AO, but this little cooler holds ice for more than one day in 90-100 degree weather. I'm happy with it. It is close to the same price at the dealership as that one on their website too:
At the end of the day, we're on the same page - I like the AO cooler.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-W...601_070539.jpghttps://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-f...601_070552.jpg

That's the stock cooler that comes with the Malibu and Axis boats. It fits under the seat in the built in cooler section. The new AO cooler has about double the insulation of that stock cooler, and the liner is as least twice as thick, and much more durable material. I have both coolers. The AO cooler that had the link posted for it is MUCH NICER.

wakeworld 06-03-2013 7:36 AM

I had both too. I just threw the Malibu one in the trash because it leaked so bad. I gotta have my Pacificos, so I need a tough cooler liner! :) However, I will give Malibu/Axis props for coming up with that unique under-seat-shaped cooler design and including it with the boat. Great idea!

grant_west 06-03-2013 8:48 AM

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I have been hearing good things about the AO coolers.
I have a few of the Yetti coolers. They work very well. Engils
Makes a great cooler. And the one Chase posted a pic of looks pretty bomb as well.
Here is my Yetti

razzman 06-03-2013 8:58 AM

Because the built-in coolers suck and softside never have enough space for the crew I keep an Igloo Marine 53qt cooler in the starboard rear locker.

timmyb 06-03-2013 2:38 PM

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Originally Posted by jhartt3 (Post 1824862)
why do you have bottles on your boat?

Cuz beer tastes better out of a bottle? ;)

biggator 06-03-2013 3:02 PM

Big Igloo cooler right in the floor.. (stock picture.. that's not my G.. mine's got gray seadek)

http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/attac...1&d=1339359919

timmyb 06-04-2013 9:38 AM

Do you have to open that full hatch every time to get a drink or does it have a separate access door for just the cooler lid?

ers906 06-07-2013 10:21 AM

Those are two separate hatches.

pierce_bronkite 06-07-2013 1:24 PM

What am I missing in a cooler (Yeti) that starts at $400.00?

tn_rider 06-07-2013 4:13 PM

Not having to buy but one bag of I've ALL weekend. Those things will hold I've for 10 days depending on how many times they are opened. The Lakedwellers cooler I posted are supposed to be cheaper. I'm going to get my hands on one and try it out next weekend. They are supposed to hold ice for 10 days as well. Lakedwellers board short line is pretty amazing as well! Many great designs.

brett33 06-12-2013 6:32 AM

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I own a couple Yeti's and love them. They are just really heavy and can get pretty pricey. I found these coolers a couple months back and ordered the 100QT. I'm extremely impressed with it. Roto-molded like the Yeti, the latches lock down securely, lighter weight than the Yeti and quite a bit cheaper! Overall, a great alternative to someone who wants a cooler that will hold ice like a Yeti, at a little more reasonable price.

http://www.bruteoutdoors.com/

grant_west 06-12-2013 1:39 PM

Brett: Thanks for the Link and info to the Brute coolers. My 45 Quart Yetti was around $300 the 25 Quart Brute is $200 for a cooler 1/2 the size that dosen't seem like a whole lot cheaper for a cooler 1/2 the size. Whats the cost difff between the 100 quart coolers

you_da_man 06-12-2013 9:21 PM

For all the Yeti fans I recently got a Pelican and it holds ice longer and IMO built stronger. Both are great but I believe the Pelican beats out Yeti and about 20% cheaper.

ilikebeaverandboats 06-12-2013 9:24 PM

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Originally Posted by grant_west (Post 1825267)
I have been hearing good things about the AO coolers.
I have a few of the Yetti coolers. They work very well. Engils
Makes a great cooler. And the one Chase posted a pic of looks pretty bomb as well.
Here is my Yetti

dude grant you always know whats up! Yeti coolers are the beesknees!

There is a local brand from flagstaff, i dont rememeber the brand name, but two kids I graduated with did their capstone designing it....its SICK!

brett33 06-13-2013 7:27 AM

Grant here is a link to a brief comparison between Yeti and Brute coolers. The 100qt Brute was like $375 vs. the Yeti 105qt for $450.

http://www.itinerantangler.com/podca...rs_v_brut.html

acurtis_ttu 06-13-2013 7:55 AM

I bough the poloar bear backpack cooler a few months ago...been very impressed with it so far ( great soft side cooler). It beats lugging aroudn a huge cooler ( which I end up not needing most of the time)

http://www.polarbearcoolers.com/cate...t_coolers.html

petrie141 06-13-2013 9:43 AM

Their stuff looks really cool in the facebook pictures, but their website isn't complete so there's no pricing info. Anyone know where we could see some prices?

KLPDEPAEPE 07-02-2013 1:13 PM

I just use a marine igloo cooler behind the drivers seat. I made a trex-deck frame work around it to keep it from sliding around and added some extra cup holders. Also on the cooler I removed the handles and added webbing so the plastic handles were not rubbing on the seat. I have the cooler away from the side of the boat so that the lid can stay open while you grab a freshie. Plus the area behind the cooler gives some space for towels, shirts, etc. All in all, works good, but I think I would make the next one out of cutting board material or something like that so the color matched a little better.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/03/y6aqepyp.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/03/9amyvapa.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/03/u4yraty8.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/03/5ugesuge.jpg

FastR3DN3K 07-02-2013 2:02 PM

I actually found some low profile coolers at Target that are perfect for under the bench locker on the port side. They are perfect height and size, only requiring a minimal tilt angle to get them in and out and are out of the way, so no more tripping over crap in the floor.. No drains to worry about leaking and the handles are molded into them so no worry of breaking. I think they were $25-30 each, and have done a good job of holding ice pretty well. Because they're out of the sun inside the locker, I can usually get at least 24 hours out of the ice, as long as we remember to put the lids back on. They're not the biggest coolers out there (which is why I bought 2), and claim they'll hold a 24 pack, but realistically it's more like an 18 pack and a bag of ice. Other nice part is they're stackable, so if we are eating on the boat and need a table, just pull them out of the locker and stack the 2 coolers on each other.

http://img3.targetimg3.com/wcsstore/...6/11265560.jpg

Brearly_Mason 07-02-2013 3:19 PM

Engel Deep Blue coolers are the king of coolers. In every test I have seen they beat Yeti and everyone else. This is the same company that makes the 12V fridge/freezer that you find all over Australia. Top notch quality.

If you check back at Mack's and check often you can score an Engel Deep Blue 65 for $212. They sell out fast whenever they get them in though. They do currently have the 80 for $279 though.

One awesome thing about the Engel is that you can get all sorts of accessories for it. You will find an Engel on almost every commercial fishing boat in Baja.

Brearly_Mason 07-02-2013 3:34 PM

BTW, you can find pretty much every roto-molded cooler sold for sale here:

http://www.thebestcooler.com/

wakintime 07-02-2013 8:02 PM

Agree the AO coolers are awesome. Things stay cold in for 24 hours in 90 degree weather. That is the cooler that came with our boat and sure beats the built in ones we had before. IMHO

Xtreme_Aviator 07-09-2013 11:26 AM

Buy a few pounds of dry ice and one bag of regular ice and have your drinks stay cold for 24hrs in any cooler.
Yeti and yeti type coolers are bulky, good for a big offshore fishing boat, bad for a wake boat.

07xstar 07-09-2013 11:56 AM

Yeti's look cool and all but they are not very space efficient and heavy/bulky. I don't think many people realize they were originally made to transport organs which is why they needed that extreme insulation. Just seems like overkill to keep some beers cold for a few hours.

brett33 07-09-2013 12:05 PM

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FOR ANYONE WHO OWNS A YETI COOLER....

You know how frustrating the "vacuum locked" lid can be. Check out this company a friend turned me on to. They make a drain plug that has a pressure valve in it. It fits all Yeti coolers. Lid gets locked, push the valve to bleed the air and the lid releases. Brilliant, just wish i would have cashed in on it. :banghead:

https://www.facebook.com/MillhouseManufacturing?fref=ts

wakebordr11 07-09-2013 6:58 PM

My family boat does a great job maintaining beverage temp in the built in cooler. One bag of ice will keep beer cold enough for 18-24 hrs, and the boat will be covered and 100deg in the morning under the cover...

DatTexasBoy 07-09-2013 7:14 PM

65qt Yeti

Goes in floor an works great. Everybody props feet on it and I have Seadeck on top so they can step on it while getting back in boat instead of stepping on seat.

Bamabonners 07-09-2013 9:30 PM

I use the removable igloo cooler.

I hate those bag coolers. Wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

lionel 07-09-2013 10:05 PM

Send me some Pliny!!!!!!

slipknot 07-10-2013 7:28 AM

all that and no Mt Gay? Looks like my kinda fridge;)



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wakebordr11 07-10-2013 9:11 AM

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Originally Posted by lionel (Post 1832596)
Send me some Pliny!!!!!!

Me too. I will send some heady topper as a partial trade!


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