I see lots of differing opinions on fitting these, and indeed whether needed at all. From my perspective whilst we will mostly be on flat water I will be paddling with young kids, and if the boat goes over for whatever reason I want something that will keep it afloat and empty quickly to at least lift kids back in to a boat that isn't swamped.
Anyway - I've got a Mad River Explorer 16, and think I want to drill and lace. Not going to bother with a DRing as don't fancy it standing up long term to plastic boat. Going to have keeper strap running through grab handles. The MR16TT has kind of extended plastic deck at the bow and stern tips so wedges will fit under those to add some protection for them coming out.
Going to lace the area where the wedge will be open, but only reckon I need three or so passes.
My question is simple, do you recommend rope (say 5mm) or shock / bungee cord? Also how thin should rope be. I figured it doesn't want to be too thin as on a major snag would act like cheese wire?