Saturn FB365 or FB385? New heat welded seams and fiberglass transom models

SoCalPescador

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Considering these two boats. Primary (95%) uses will be lakes rivers, and some occasional harbor cruises inshore fishing (5%).

Anyone own any of these two boats? Care to comment on it?

I will be taking this with me in my travel trailer to use/access water (river/lakes) in the Southwest/West (CA, AZ, NV, NM, UT, ID, OR, CO).

I plan to fish with my 17yo son who has Autism but loves going everywhere with me! He loves camping and boating!!! Auto-inflate vest for him 100% of the time and we never go out in questionable weather.

I plan on using a Viking products hitch winch for loading raft and motor.

I will be fishing and sight seeing...primarily fishing.
2-3 passengers 90% of time and the occasional 4th person.

I like the 18" pontoon size of the FB385, but prefer the 12' size for my uses but it has the 16.5" pontoon.

Is the 18" pontoon much more preferable for my uses or is the 16.5" plenty sufficient?
I don't need to plane and not looking for speed as I am fishing....
what motor size is preferable?

Thanks!
 

Sea Rider

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If had to choose, I would go for the 385, it's only 20 cm larger than the 365, has slight more deck space which is something to count with, as the boat increases in size so does the lateral tubes diameter, the 385 will float tad higher on water than the 365. A small portable motor say a 4 stroke 9.8 Tohatsu/Merc will slide and power much better a larger size sib than a shorter one. Invest wise, for just $ 100 more go for the larger 385 eyes closed...

Happy Boating
 

Sinistre1

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Ive had both... Having recently moved up to the 385 from 365s ive had in the past. With the air floor its a no brainer. It rides so much nicer. Those 12 inches make a difference. I have a suzuki 20 hanging on back and i do 24mph all day in flat or light chop and ive hit 25.7 gps verified. Very nice set upIMG_66881.jpg
 

Sea Rider

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Before importing air deck sibs, tested a 360 for several days, the only down issues I sees is that the air floor rigidity varies too much as the day passes by due to holding a very reduced air volume. What was top inflated to in the morning will not stay the same in the afternoon, much worse during winter time, so need to carry a foot or hand pump along a pressure gauge to reinflate the whole sib again to their factory recommended working pressure to achieve a more rigid structure if powering it with a larger and heavier HP motor.

The air floor can puncture very easily with pointy or sharp objects, fish hooks that's why is recommended to place a shaped carpet around the air deck's contour to protect it from any unexpected doom. If plan going for a trailer and keep a sib inflated all year round an alum pannel floor sib it's a much better water performer option at around the same price as an air deck sib. A matter of personal tastes and preferences...

Happy Boating
 
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