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Old 30 March 2014, 11:56   #11
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Just noticed my local chandler is advertising seago boats and there is now a seago ECO.. "new with lighter PVC material. Mine is the standard one.. I know nothing about the thinner ECO PVC..so perhaps keep away from it ?
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Old 30 March 2014, 12:56   #12
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I've also seen and really like the seapro 2700 Airdeck now I'm in a quandry not sure which to go for!I'm in my 60,s too gurnard your guidance would be welcomed.I too would second your superb photos especially the sunset.
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Old 30 March 2014, 14:14   #13
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Hi again Naiad..I donít know much about seapro boats but I think one manufacturer is much the same as the next ?

The main thing that would make me decide on which small boat to go for.. .. would be how well it handles the sea.

Even small inflatable tenders should have an indication of how much chop they can stand under normal use. I know the seago slat floor is a category D which is the least seaworthy. I know the Honwave airfloors around the same size are category C. Therefore I would not hesitate getting a category C inflatable rather than a category D. If the Seapro you like is a Category C..then donít even consider the slat floor Seago. I have it only because of price..but I have other category C boats and with bigger engines too..cos Im thrifty with my money

Here are the definitions of the categories for small boats ..look in the specs of the boats in the adverts or on the stamped plate on the transom and you should see what the boat you are interested in is.


Category C - Inshore: Designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers where conditions up to, and including, wind force 6 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2m may be experienced.



Category D - Sheltered: Designed for voyages on sheltered coastal waters, small bays, small lakes, rivers and canals where conditions up to, and including, wind force 4 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0.3mmay be experienced, with occasional waves of 0.5m maximum height, for example from passing vessels.

Here is another lovely sunset. It is my Avon Redcrest. Its a roundtail..so has no fixed wooden transom.. I would not recommend a roundtail. IMO they are purely tenders for larger boats and designed to fold up very small to fit in boat lockers when the mothership is underway. I love mine to bits and use it on freshwater lochs if I have to carry it in over the moors.

I have no problem fishing from an inflatable..even an airfloor. The fish and hooks are immediately dropped into a plastic pail.. so no harm can come. If I have yougsters fishing in my larger inflatable..I drape a couple of cheap plastic car floor mats over the tubes to save them from stray hooks.






Hope all that info helps some..I cant give much more at the mo..but Im sure others can
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I dont think you can really use the RCD catogories in such a simplistic manner (although thats obviously the way they are intended to be used)

The problem is that the higher the catagory, the more expensive it is for the manufacturer to get it type approved. As a result really good sea worthy boats may have a lower catagory than a less seaworthy boat simply because the manufacturer may not have had the money for the higher testing.

A slat floor honwave is basically the same boat as a slat floor Seago, with very similar handling characteristics.
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I go in agreeance with you that ... one slat floor boat is similar to the next..however I stick by what I wrote..the airfloor Honwave ..or any airfloor..is a more seaworthy boat that the slatfloors.

I guess by seaworthy..I mean drier. I know my seago can stuff its nose under the water when the white crest appear and Im surfing with the waves. It doesn't alarm me cos I just bail it out and I know it wont sink.

Im certain the airfloors will not stuff their nose so easily unless you tell me otherwise ?

Of course the categories are only indications .. but I have never seen a 2.7 meter slat floor advertised as a Cat C ..have you ? That must tell something ?
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Of course the categories are only indications .. but I have never seen a 2.7 meter slat floor advertised as a Cat C ..have you ? That must tell something ?
Yep, it tells you that the cost of getting a Cat C is not worth it for a small tender.

I agree that the airfloors are better, especially the V ones, they are by far the driest sibs I have ever owned.The point I was trying to make is that just because a Honwave 2.7 is a cat C, doesnt mean you would ever want to be out in 2m waves, regardless of the RCD.
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The point I was trying to make is that just because a Honwave 2.7 is a cat C, doesnt mean you would ever want to be out in 2m waves, regardless of the RCD.
I sure agree with you on that one ..

What I was trying to say was ... if Naiad gets a Cat C boat then it can surely safely handle reasonable calm conditions. I know he mentioned inshore fishing in calm conditions. We all know though that the wind is as unpreductable as the category ratings..so if he gets a cat C boat (in my opinion) ..it is more seaworthy that the multitude of similar slat floor cat D boats.

Of course .. I may be wrong on that..but thats why I took so much time reviewing my seago. It gives Naiad more to go on and he can make his own decission

To summarise..

I simply recommend the seago slat floor purely on price alone..and I hope I have made that very clear.. I also mentioned that mine is well over ten years old and is very suitable for journeys and fishing in its category D capability ..in other words..waves up to 1 foot in height. It has not fallen apart at the seams ..and it hasnt sunk .. you pays your money and you get what you pay for
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Thank you all for your informed comments I am very grateful.I will take all your comments on board when purchasing the inflatable.

Oh and the photos were superb thanks for sharing them
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Old 03 April 2014, 12:35   #19
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Hi. Recently got a Seago TSR270 and 2.3 honda, mainly for the river. But hope to get on some estuaries and maybe up where gurnard goes because it looks good. This weekend is the first go in it. anything longer and more power is a ridiculous price to put on the rivers Anyway, heres to my first go in a rubber boat.
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Hello all
Just an update!I've purchased a new Seapro 2700 A airdeck inflatable also a 2nd hand Johnson 4hp motor now I cant wait to try the combination out!All the safety gear is ready and waiting just want a nice calm day to play!Thanks for all your assistance Im sure I will be in contact as the months progress

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