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    Default Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Well.... I've been through a few and only 1 did what I wanted it to do.... sadly in a misguided decision I sold it a couple of years back.... My old Fox 4 drawer canal box was great but now it's gone..... I tried a Milo Tardis... waaaaaay too heavy.... gone... I replaced it with a Maver MXi3 series.... what a pile of badly rivetted cack that was... the wheel bar fell off first time I used it.... the footplate weighed a stone on it's own and the rivets loosened off making the box "wiggly" .... gone...

    enter a small and well put together little box called a Daiwa SB50.... no external legs and the underseat unit is a ****** to get stuff out of whilst perched on it, can't put a footplate on it so it's appeal is somewhat limited.... looks like it's on it's way out.....

    So... what's next....? it looks like I'm going to have to dig deep for something that does what I want.... I'm looking for something with 4 drawers either side or front, footplate that is removable, solid chassis, (no removable drawer units under the seat.. ie cassette stylee) preferably under £200.... Oh and able to take a load of Prestons off/on-box accessories, so 20mm square or 25mm round legs.... any suggestions....?
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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    It's years since I had a seat box or did any pole fishing but when I did I had one of these after seeing 'em in Fosters of Birmingham and being impressed with 'em, I don't hear 'em mentioned that much but I was really chuffed with mine and it did me good for a few seasons and it has the 25mm round legs... One of the few sit on bits of kit that I never managed to wreck.

    Anything in this range that's of interest, there's plenty to choose from in your price range?

    Matchbox Tackle - SX Seat Box

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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Hi there Arthur,

    Some say that a seatbox is just something that sit on, so why get anything decent?? What a load of rubbish, your gonna be sitting on that for hours on end and want everything easy to hand. All the boxes you have mentioned are Chinese built rubbish. Matchbox are British made and do all the things you are looking for: Removable footplate, 4 front drawers (with little trays inside that are very handy or removable if you so wish), 25mm round legs (that do NOT slip), plus all this is within your price range.

    Basically i would much rather have 2 of these that would probably last me all my fishing life than 1 of these £600 oil rigs that'll fall to pieces in less than 2 seasons!

    Good luck mate.

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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Cheers chaps... been looking at the Matchbox gear... looks sweet.... problem is I'd want to see one in the flesh..... no stockists about these parts....

    ---------- Post added at 14:19 ---------- Previous post was at 13:46 ----------

    bit the bullet.... ordered a Match box S series direct from the makers.... got a great deal



    Looking forward to fishing properly now... looks proper "Old School"
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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Looks great. Let us know how you get on with it.

    I was looking around online recently and found another forum topic on seatboxes. One very experienced angler said he'd never had a footplate, never wants one and can't see the point in one.

    Well, I have a very basic seat box and thought it would be fine as I don't fish matches etc. I just got it for occasional waggler fishing. What was the first thing I noticed when I sat down? "I wish I had a footplate!" How can you sit comfortably on a sloping bank without one? Most banks slope down to the water edge, no? Once I've adjusted the legs to level the box my legs dangle off the end!

    I know someone says this on every topic but ebay is worth a look. There are some very good quality but 'unfashionable' ones that turn up. But I agree, it's nicer to try before you buy if you can.

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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Quote Originally Posted by arthur2sheds View Post


    Looking forward to fishing properly now... "
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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Good choice Arthur,

    And i'm sure you'll be impressed but if your not i'll have it off ya!!!

    Seriously though, they really are built to last, my mate still sits on one that is 18 yrs old and wouldn't swop it for the world. I even offered him a mint Daiwa SB50 that i'd bought for free and he told me to poke it, lol!

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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    A wee ramble on......

    My little SB50 has done a season admirably.... if all you want is a basic box it's a brill bit of kit... it just doesn't cut it in the modern match world.... the Maver...? well how they can charge the price they do and keep a straight face given it's cr&p quality I don't know... sadly, as a concept, it was a really good box, let down by cr&ppy workmanship

    it's funny because with hindsight I'd never have sold the Fox box, I had it for 7 years... I only got rid, as it was getting a bit shabby... albeit still solid... still onwards and upwards...

    I got a good deal on the S-class 3 and I'm looking forward to loading it up and getting out with it.... I popped into Angling Direct in Chelmsford this week as they had the new Maver Box in..... £600...

    Looking through the comics there was a Rive for... wait for it.... £1,200...!!! FFS it really does smack of "The Emporer's New Clothes". Matrix and PI boxes are not much cheaper than the Maver's, although I'd say probably better made.... but then that's not difficult

    It'll be nice to fish without bobbing up and down to get stuff out of a tray and having all those useful little PI On/Offbox bits fit without fouling something else... I can even put my pole bump-bar back on

    when it arrives I'll load it up, go wet a line and take a few pics and post em up
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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    And if u don't like it, I'll have it. Lol.

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    Default Re: Seat boxes.... a quandary

    Quote Originally Posted by mccn View Post
    And if u don't like it, I'll have it. Lol.
    Not gonna happen..... the box is the nuts....! comfy, tons of storage, good sturdy footplate, good price and the 25mm round legs take all my On-box bits...
    The box has loads of great features, the leg locking screws are non marking, the legs are also extendable, there are net mounting points on the front of the footplate, the footplate has bracing bars attached to the four box legs which will allow the fitting of extras such as a sideplate for margin work, the fibreglass base unit holds ALL my odds and sods, meaning I can use a much smaller carryall for just bait and sarnies, Jobs a goodun

    I'm over the moon with it.... Going for a drop of pleasure fishing on Tuesday so I'll see how it performs, in truth I have no worries as just parking my bony 'arris on it indoors I felt instantly at home....
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