New gear: Watersnake FSM Runabout inflatable boats

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These fun little Watersnake FSM Runabout inflatables with electric motors are great for first-timers.

New gear: Watersnake FSM Runabout inflatable boats
Watersnake FSM Runabout inflatable boats are ideal for first-timers.

Watersnake FSM Runabout inflatable boats are lightweight inflatable boat and electric motor packages that are perfect for beginner boaties dreaming of their first foray into the water. They will also suit families in need of a portable boat for the holidays, and will work as a fuel-free tenders that are cheap to run.

These inflatables are said to make excellent platforms for fishing in protected waters in rivers, lakes and estuaries. The hulls have a heavy-duty transom and aluminium floor, and bench seats are included.

There are three packages to choose from, with different hulls matched with a Watersnake Venom ETW tiller-steer saltwater electric motor. These models include the two-person FSM-230 (2.3m x 1.31m); the three-person FSM-270 (2.7m x 1.52m), and the four-person FSM-290 (2.9m x 1.52m), which is rated to a maximum load of 510kg and is matched with a 54lb-thrust motor.

The electric motors run on 12V power, come with a heavy-duty alloy transom bracket, a composite main shaft-that will flex on impact, a stainless steel propeller shaft, extendable telescopic handle, plus five forward speeds and two reverse speeds. All props use a weedless design.

Each boat and motor package includes a boat carry bag, foot pump, two aluminium oars, lockable oar clamps, and repair kit. The boats have a five years hull fabric warranty and a
three year hull seams warranty. The start from around $1399 for the 230 model.

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