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  1. Default Seat box advice please !!

    Im thinking of buying a Map H30 lite seatbox because of only having a fiesta space is minimal. Looks really practical, reasonable price and light. Question is do all other accessories like the preston onbox fit this beacause struggling to find map accessories? and also what basic accessories would I need... I know I would like a pole support at the front for when im fishing long, a pole sock ( do I need some other attachment for the sock to go into?), also the roost for my pole kits ( do I need some sort of attatchement for this?) and probably a side tray. Anything else seatbox users out there could advise me on would be gratefully appreciated. thx

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    I am interested in the response to this post! No I haven't had a Damascene conversion despite the best efforts of Nottskev! I still cannot see me pole fishing but I do wish to go back to the canals! I would want to travel light and having seen Kev's Boss compact canal box , I reckon something small and light for narrow towpaths might, I stress might, be useful!

    Using my own peculiar logic I would want one tray for bits and pieces, space under the seat for bait etc and a strap for slinging it over my shoulder! I would carry a rod and landing net and nothing else! I must try harder to go minimalist! I would then just put the box in the car and go!!

    I hope I haven't hijacked this thread but to make sure I do like the look of the Map box!

    The MAP , Browning and Octbox light look suitable but they need to be light ie less than 6 kilos loaded otherwise I may as well stick with my chair! I will forego platforms and attachments in my vain pursuit of minimalism!

    I cannot believe I am posting about a seatbox! I must be losing the plot ! A good used example would be ideal in case it doesn't appeal or my interest in canal fishing fizzles out!
    Last edited by mikench; 12-05-2018 at 14:33.

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    Default Re: Seat box advice please !!

    All the modernish (black not blue, I dunno about blue) preston arm thingys fit 30mm with no insert or in the case of the latest 36mm come with a 30mm insert.

    I have no idea about the map box but you would think if a company calls it's product "lite" they would publish the weight unless they mean lite as in we are giving you less for your money but charging you more because it has a trendy name.

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    Default Re: Seat box advice please !!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I am interested in the response to this post! No I haven't had a Damascene conversion despite the best efforts of Nottskev! I still cannot see me pole fishing but I do wish to go back to the canals! I would want to travel light and having seen Kev's Boss compact canal box , I reckon something small and light for narrow towpaths might, I stress might, be useful!

    Using my own peculiar logic I would want one tray for bits and pieces, space under the seat for bait etc and a strap for slinging it over my shoulder! I would carry a rod and landing net and nothing else! I must try harder to go minimalist! I would then just put the box in the care and go!!

    I hope I haven't hijacked this thread but to make sure I do like the look of the Map box!

    The MAP , Browning and Octbox light look suitable but they need to be light ie less than 6 kilos loaded otherwise I may as well stick with my chair! I will forego platforms and attachments in my vain pursuit of minimalism!

    I cannot believe I am posting about a seatbox! I must be losing the plot ! A good used example would be ideal in case it doesn't appeal or my interest in canal fishing fizzles out!
    Don't worry Mike - poles and seatboxes are additions, not substitutions.... you just end up with more ways to fish

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    I'm always interested in seatboxes,especially if they offer something which reduces weight and adds to their function. Only my opinion, but I've seen a lot lately that are impossibly heavy and require a full scaffolding with aluminium and plastic accoutrements to supply the pole rests etc

    There's a lot to be said for the old style canal/compact seatboxes, not least that you can pick them up and walk off, and the detachable footplate, as opposed to cassette in subframe design is flexible ie you can leave it at home if you know you'll be on a flat bank. They're small car friendly too - this Boss model has a footprint that's only 21" x 14". I think Matchbox do similar models - the Boss is only a second-hand option - and people speak highly of them. Some of the older models have square sections legs, which are fine by me as |I have all the accessories I need, but could be a limitation when most these days are made to fit 25mm or 36mm round legs.

    Seat box advice please !!-boss1.jpg

    At the risk of looking like I'm plugging this brand, I'll use the box I take mostly these days to illustrate something about attachments and all the add-ons you mention you might need for whichever you go for. Apart from being well-made etc etc, this box has an unusual feature - a 3cm square section base, with the ends open, front and back. You probably can't see, but I've taken the pic so I'll put it in

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    I've found this allows me to swerve around a ton of clunky accessories by making use of the frame, and the fact that you can fit various square-section aluminium or steel tubes into it. You can add, to start with, wheels, handle to push, rod rests, pole spray bars....... and still have a compact, uncluttered set up. I notice you said you need stuff to fish long on the pole - I don't fish matches these days, so I generally choose places where I can fish 10m or less, so I can dispense with all the rollers and rests, (plug or cap the end section, and slide it on the grass/a holdall; trap it under my arm to feed) and a couple of top-kits rest on my holdall parallel with the water. The Octbox takes up a bit more room in the boot - footprint is 25" x 19"

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    It's worth doing what you're doing, ie giving the seatbox a bit of thought, as there's a lot of scope to get a set up that suits you personally and avoids the millstone of a box you can't move and a set up that takes all day to assemble and disassemble.
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    thx for post. wondering if I buy say ie.preston pole support wud it fit the map lite box?..i notice preston do 3 different inserts I presume this is for different size of legs of other brands?

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    Default Re: Seat box advice please !!

    Why are you wondering that? That has already been answered.

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    I'm looking Kev as discussed! It must be light like yours for those short and sweet trips to the cut!!

    The lightest I've seen is still 8 kilos so hardly light ! I like plans!!!!

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    Default Re: Seat box advice please !!

    The Map H30 will take preston accessories, you can buy inserts to suit from 19mm to 30mm, I think the h30 legs are either 25mm or 30mm. google the reviews on various boxes in that style "H" frame, preston absolute compact is one, but that is heavy when empty, I sold mine, also whatever box you get, make sure it fits in your car

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    I'm always interested in seatboxes,especially if they offer something which reduces weight and adds to their function. Only my opinion, but I've seen a lot lately that are impossibly heavy and require a full scaffolding with aluminium and plastic accoutrements to supply the pole rests etc

    There's a lot to be said for the old style canal/compact seatboxes, not least that you can pick them up and walk off, and the detachable footplate, as opposed to cassette in subframe design is flexible ie you can leave it at home if you know you'll be on a flat bank. They're small car friendly too
    Yeeeees there are 2 of us on this planet which think the same.

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