So much easier to load the boat with the oval hatches.
I like to pack a camp chair. I know, I know, it ain't "minimalist." But my bad back loves that chair. The chair folds down to 30"x5". There's no way the chair is going into a round hatch.
My tent could go in round hatches, but I think it would be difficult to pack it in the tent sack that was provided with it, which results in a 22.5" x 7"packed size. Certainly it would go if I separately pack the tent, fly, and poles. But with oval hatches the sack-packed tent drops right in.
BTW, I can't find those chairs anymore. They've been replaced on store shelves by larger chairs with arm rests and drink holders. I found a trashed one on the river and took it home to scavenge for parts, and I have a couple of them I keep fixing. They cost about $5 and weren't the strongest chairs, only rated for 225 lbs. Maybe that's why they stopped selling them in our country full of big peep.
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