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Old 17 August 2015, 13:42   #1
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I just purchased a 18ft Saturn inflatable with aluminium flooring. I didn't see many reviews but from the ones I have seen they were descent boats as long as you take care of them. I will be reviewing this boat and will be using it in the harbor and also around the southern California coast for spear fishing and pole fishing. I will be getting all of the necessary safety equipment on board. Also will be planning a Catalina trip in the future, once I get comfortable left on how the Sib handles in different conditions.
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Old 17 August 2015, 14:32   #2
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Saturn are 100% hand glued boats, made in China. They're on par with similar build quality boats on the market.

SIBs are fun though! Although they pound like crazy in choppy water conditions. Get out and enjoy it. It seems like you have purchased a fairly optimum size.

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Old 17 August 2015, 15:13   #3
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From what I understand they are Korean made. All the resources I have looked up say they are made in Korean. Well we will find out how will they day offshore.
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I just purchased a 18ft Saturn inflatable with aluminium flooring. I didn't see many reviews but from the ones I have seen they were descent boats as long as you take care of them. I will be reviewing this boat and will be using it in the harbor and also around the southern California coast for spear fishing and pole fishing. I will be getting all of the necessary safety equipment on board. Also will be planning a Catalina trip in the future, once I get comfortable left on how the Sib handles in different conditions.
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What's the max HP you can use.
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Catalina to LA is about 22 miles. Doable, but you really need to pick your day. It sucks when weather gets worse than you expected and you've got a long ways to go to get out of it.


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50hp max. I will be throwing on a evinrude 30hp etec. Tiller. Trying to keep it simple. Has anyone ever added a radar system to a Sib?
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From what I understand they are Korean made. All the resources I have looked up say they are made in Korean. Well we will find out how will they day offshore.
I think they use Korean made PVC, but I'm not 100% where their production factory is. Their build design matches all other boats from East Asia (That part of the world loves TPR transom holders and transom caps), but it seems like their build quality is towards the upper-middle for the region. In California, I would strongly recommend inspecting the seams and fixtures every 6-12 months for wear and ungluing. The heat you experience there is unforgiving to glued PVC surfaces.

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50hp max. I will be throwing on a evinrude 30hp etec. Tiller. Trying to keep it simple. Has anyone ever added a radar system to a Sib?
I'm a big fan of BRP-Evinrude outboards. If you're a mechanic or tinkerer, they're pretty easy to work on. The most important thing is that you pay attention to the maximum outboard weight specified by the manufacturer. Exceeding that weight recommendation makes bad things happen. Make sure your trailer bunks support the transom, and I would recommend installing a transom saver in order to take the load off the transom during trailering.

Radar is a bit much. A good mobile-mounted VHF radio would be a solid investment in personal safety.
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As would a PLB, worn securely while underway.

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I think they use Korean made PVC, but I'm not 100% where their production factory is. Their build design matches all other boats from East Asia (That part of the world loves TPR transom holders and transom caps), but it seems like their build quality is towards the upper-middle for the region. In California, I would strongly recommend inspecting the seams and fixtures every 6-12 months for wear and ungluing. The heat you experience there is unforgiving to glued PVC surfaces.



I'm a big fan of BRP-Evinrude outboards. If you're a mechanic or tinkerer, they're pretty easy to work on. The most important thing is that you pay attention to the maximum outboard weight specified by the manufacturer. Exceeding that weight recommendation makes bad things happen. Make sure your trailer bunks support the transom, and I would recommend installing a transom saver in order to take the load off the transom during trailering.

Radar is a bit much. A good mobile-mounted VHF radio would be a solid investment in personal safety.
I will be storing it in my garage so I hope it helps with the seams. The transom is 176 lb max limit the 30 e tech 15" is 150 lb. I was thinking of adding some sort of bracket to help secure the transom some more.
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I think the problem you'll have bracing the transom is the construction of the floor pieces. A brace (knees - essentially a 45 degree bracket) can be secured to the transom pretty easily, but the floor, being either 2 sheets of aluminum or an AL/wood/AL sandwich, aren't beefy enough to secure to without backing plates (and may not be stiff enough even then - you just transfer load to an unsupported area.)

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