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    Default Re: Seat box advice please !!

    I am struggling to find a really light box! The browning black magic easy box is easily the lightest thus far at 5.7 kilos! The octbox compact which looks superb is , according to the company 15 kilos with four drawers! I am surprised at that ! That is too much to carry! The pursuit continues!

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    Ok I could not resist any longer so I pressed the button and ordered the H30 Lite box with a short arm, side tray, pole sock, preston pro support and a preston safe topkit safe and some small accessorie items for £450. Thanks for your help and il let you know after next weekend how it feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I am struggling to find a really light box! The browning black magic easy box is easily the lightest thus far at 5.7 kilos! The octbox compact which looks superb is , according to the company 15 kilos with four drawers! I am surprised at that ! That is too much to carry! The pursuit continues!
    Have a look at these Mike, specifically the options without the footplate.

    I've no idea on the weight but having owned something along the lines of the S3 I can confirm that it came in at a smidgen of the weight you quoted.

    I'm no expert but I would be surprised if it came in at three kilos or above...

    Matchbox Tackle - S Class Seat Box

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    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 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!
    Mike take a look at the Maver Signature series venue box, if you pardon the pun you may find it ticks all the boxes you are looking for, Google it , the price is around £190

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20lb_roach View Post
    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?
    MAP also do their own attatchments, you will find most major brands attatchments will fit other brands of box depending on leg size, The preston inserts are for the various style of leg that preston do, A preston pole support will set you back around £45+ whereas a Daiwa one for 25mm legs will be around £25, Sensas upto 30mm legs £35, so shop around,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richox12 View Post
    Yeeeees there are 2 of us on this planet which think the same.
    Make that 3, I still use an old ASI and a Boss box, The PI Absolute compact was heavy even with the footplate removed,
    that's why I sold it and even though I have a Zafira it still took half the boot space up,

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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 - 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.

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    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.
    That Boss box is nearly as good as mine Kev, , Ditch the Octbox and get an ASI you know it makes sense,

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    Whilst I am still thinking about a light box Rick Tyler of Octbox has been very helpful in giving advice and assistance! He tells me The compact without the bait waiter weighs 3.2kg and the bait waiter adds 1.3kg

    A two drawer tray would add 2.5 kilos! So without the extra drawers the box would be 4.5 kilos ie very light and still light with them! Mm decisions decisions!
    Last edited by mikench; 16-05-2018 at 11:37.

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    Google the Maver signature Venue box, its around £190, the octbox , the same as any other box of similar weight is light
    until you start putting stuff in them, ask yourself why are some boxes designed to have a wheel kit fitted ? it is to help transport them. My boss box has a wheel kit, that is a beast of a box if I load it up, The daiwa you saw when we went to Dunham had the facility to have a wheel kit fitted, My preston absolute didn't, you got adaptors so it would fit on a preston space shuttle, If Collin brings his to Lloyds Meadow on Wednesday, try picking it up, Its heavy but once set up is very sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richox12 View Post
    Yeeeees there are 2 of us on this planet which think the same.

    No there are 3
    The world is full of kings and queens who blind your eyes and steal your dreams!

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