Hey BR, I have pretty much the same rig. I have seen guys take the foam out of the sides to make gun boxes, pretty nice. I have the urge to do it, just never have. The foam is in there to make the boat USCG approved for recreational use and to keep it from sinking all the way to the bottom. So, definitely something to think about. Although, 90% of the time, I run in 6" of water.