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Old 27 March 2014, 05:02   #1
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Anybody got experience with the seago 2700 inflatable with slat floor?Is it easy to move on sand what would I need?What size engine for inshore fishing on a calm day?


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Old 27 March 2014, 05:13   #2
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Standard generic inflatable, but the brand has been around longer than most.Older ones have smaller tubes (wet bum, lots of splashing), but new versions are much better.

Slat floor is probably the most compromised of the floor options (although the cheapest), suited best for low power engines and calm days. They are difficult to stand up in and dont track very well. There is nothing wrong with them as such, but hard and air floors are better if more expensive.
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Old 28 March 2014, 04:38   #3
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Thank you for your advice looks like the slat floor maybe ok for what I require
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Old 28 March 2014, 18:33   #4
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Seabo is the brand you should stay away from, their quality glue is lousy. Seago is just another Asian standard pvc made inflatable.

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Agreed-if you want to go inshore fishing like that, you'd be better off with an Avon Redcrest and a 2 to 4hp outboard if you're fishing harbours etc-assuming you dont have a massive tide run to cope with.
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Old 30 March 2014, 09:05   #6
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Hi Naiad

This seago 270 slat floor is well over ten years old.. probably nearer fifteen years ?

It cost my old father just a tad of £300 new back then. He used it regularly every year before he passed away and since then I have used it regularly. I have been in most the sea lochs of the west of Scotland in it and it has never once let me down.

It has no patches and will still hold air forever. Its been dragged across rocks and stony beaches .. so has a few barnacle scars underneath but nothing has gone right through to require repair.

Its shoved in its bag after a days use and stays there till the next time I use it..unwashed and uncared for. End of season .. its hosed off and shoved in the shed.

The seams are welded..as with all these bottom end of the market PVC boats. The transom glue and glue at the rowlock points is still as sound as the day she was bought. However I donít overpower it and only travel at displacement speeds. However, I often carry two engines on its transom so it has not had too easy a life



It is Cat D boat so only useful in sheltered water. As soon as the white tops appear.. I head for land. Its also a wet boat in a wave so be prepared to bail water..but that is not surprising because of its size.


Without doubt ..it a budget inflatable and there are better models available .. but at a price...


As for value for money.. £300 plus over 10 years plus works out around £30 a year. I have painted the wooden transom a couple of times and no other money has ever been spent on her. Im sure I can get that cost down to around £15 for every year of its service. Cant get better value than that if on a tight budget ?


I donít work for seago or any marine company..but as I have been very happy with this boat, I though I would post my experience with it.





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Those are some cracking pictures Gunard, with the added bonus of "I've caught some fish" aswell.
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Many thanks for your kind comments on my photos Bettyswallocks.

For me..that is what boating is about.. puttering around exploring places that can only be easy accessed by boat, photographing the scenery and eating the fish. For info to Naiad..I use a 2hp a 2.5hp and sometimes a 3.3hp engine..mostly at tickover. I also enjoy rowing it..which is why I dumped the seago aluminium oars and use the wooden ones of my Avon Redcrest..
Here are some more photos of the seago in scenic places






I mentioned in another post that I also go to see whales and dolphins in this little boat as I do go to open sea in it.. but this whale was only a few hundred yards from the Mainland on Baroco Island. Of course the weather has to be kind to use it on the open sea.



I have had not bad entertainment for £30 squid a year in the seago.. just wish the engines and fuel were as cheap
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Thanks for your in depth response gurnard for the kind of usage I am considering it will fit the bill I'm sure.
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Old 30 March 2014, 11:35   #10
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No problem Naiad.. and its an honest opinion based on owning one for over 10 years.
You asked about moving over sand etc ... I donít need transom wheels for mine although it could make life a little easier ?
Im a healthy sixty year old and quite happy to carry the empty boat from car to waters edge..even down bankings from laybys etc. The empty boat weights 35kg..that is with the slats in as they donít come out. I inflate it first then carry it on my back almost like a bent over tortoice..if you can imagine that ? Its held by the lower slat to stop it falling off my back. Its how my ancestors carried their coracles to the sea from the crofts
Here is the wake from the 2.5hp engine..so it moves at a reasonable displacement speed with me in the boat..and Im 200lb. It is in the Firth of Forth here and can get a bit exposed.. so I keep an eye on the weather.

I also keep an eye out for these chaps as they wont see me and their wake would ruin my day.



The 3.3 moves it at fast displacement speeds..not sure if it would plane with a bigger engine anyhoo ?



I will be honest and say..if your budged would stretch to the one with the keel (inflatable floor?) it might be a bit drier.. as the waves may separate rather than splash over. ? I have often thought of trying it once this one eventually packs in.
But as mentioned..there is not a thing wrong with the slat floor... in fact it has the benefit..it rolls up quickly and doesnít need high pressure. I blow mine up with a cheap lilo battery powered pump then just top off with the hand pump. I have a few boats but this is the one that I travel with for a day,s fishing if there is no slipway in the area Im visiting and the wind is kind.
Enjoy your boat whatever one you go for..no boat is perfect for every situation..so compromise is the answer . Play safe with it too and you will have years of fun on the water.
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