Shakespeare Seatboxes

JohnL

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Does anyone still use these boxes? my neighbour is in the process of throwing 3 of these away. One has got octoplus legs attached, Wiltshire area.
 

strathy

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Get them on Ebay, especially if they are the smaller Beta style, they,ve been making good money recently.
 

stump28

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I can remember using one as my first seat late 90's, I'm sure I paid about £15-20. they seem to get fairly decent money on eBay, especially with 3 to get rid of.
 

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Still see them on the bank and on the beach - loved mine to bits
 

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The original plastic water tank box first appeared in 1982

Does anybody remember the Shakespeare box in the previous years catalogue?
1981 Shakespeare Box 2.jpg

1981 Shakespeare Box 4.jpg

I only ever saw a couple of them - they looked a lot smarter than the plastic version
They never sold many around here as we had the local boat building firm (Alpha Marine) manufacturing the Protector box which was slightly larger, free of logos and, depending where you bought it from, up to fifteen quid cheaper.
The only other glass fibre box was the Brennan & Hickman version which was a similar size (although they did do a small version too) with the usual understated logo in one corner and, if I remember correctly, a price tag of a penny under fifty quid.

And notice that 'continental seat box' - five sliding drawers and adjustable legs - if they'd marketed that properly AS1 would have remained a land registry form and Octoplus a badly spelt cephalopod :p :p

Simon
 

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I still use a Beta with a Breakaway back system.
Just the box on octoplus legs for sea fishing where I use a tripod for rods.
Box with octoplus accessories (sometimes footplate) for rivers and naturals on float, feeder and short pole.

I do fancy something a bit better and I'm looking out for a bargain. I wouldn't buy another at current second hand prices, but it manages fine, isn't going to break, limits what I take and walks in anywhere with the back system. Some amazing anglers used this stuff in the past and I wouldn't be able to out-fish what they could do then even with the best modern kit.
 

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I use the Beta version with Octoplus legs for the river. It's lightweight and I often have to walk a fair distance over fields and fences and the banks aren't very good. Apart from a seat it also acts as a table when I'm wading and I can get all my tackle in it too apart from the landing net.
 

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I still have the Shakespeare Team Seatbox. Mine is fitted with a Topbox that has 4 small side draws and a large under the seat tray. I have the internal multi tray tackle box inside it too. The Topbox has a pole cushion fitted to it. I never liked Octoplus as a system, so persevered without it. I would never part with this box and it will get some use, even though I'm going to get a new Preston seatbox next year.
I think the fact that Shakespeare have introduced a new version of this box, and that the original design is still available from various budget tackle manufacturers,such a Advanta, speaks volumes about the practicality and quality of these wonderful boxes. They have been superseded as far as match fishing goes, but for many pleasure anglers they are still a good box, and for sea fishing, probably still the most popular.
 

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The original plastic water tank box first appeared in 1982

Does anybody remember the Shakespeare box in the previous years catalogue?
1981 Shakespeare Box 2.jpg

1981 Shakespeare Box 4.jpg

I only ever saw a couple of them - they looked a lot smarter than the plastic version
They never sold many around here as we had the local boat building firm (Alpha Marine) manufacturing the Protector box which was slightly larger, free of logos and, depending where you bought it from, up to fifteen quid cheaper.
The only other glass fibre box was the Brennan & Hickman version which was a similar size (although they did do a small version too) with the usual understated logo in one corner and, if I remember correctly, a price tag of a penny under fifty quid.

And notice that 'continental seat box' - five sliding drawers and adjustable legs - if they'd marketed that properly AS1 would have remained a land registry form and Octoplus a badly spelt cephalopod :p :p

Simon
I got my Team Seatbox for Christmas in 1983, having first become aware of them earlier in the year. All of my friends wanted one, and they were dead jealous. All of my gear was Shakespeare back then, apart from a couple of Mitchell reels.
 

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As a recent convert to sea fishing, I know these are highly sought after by sea anglers, and many try to seek out the older versions as the new ones are less robust.
 

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I had both boxes..still store all old fishing porn bits a pieces in my beta..some octobox accessories for my kiley etc..
kiley box is in the shed, must get around to changing the cushion on it, only a small tear
Kept both as they were regularly used on the canal.
Beta box was used a lot when riding bike looking for likely spots to catch a few
 

JohnL

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Went back to neighbours today to see if boxes still there. Too late as they had gone to the skip, shame as they were going free, asked a couple of kids if they wanted one but they were only interested in “stations “.
 

Carl c

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I bought the new version Shakespeare box i like them, I've just bought some second hand octoplus frame and legs to put on it
 

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I bought the fibre glass Super Team box in the early 80's, still have it in the shed.
Never realised it cost £35 back then though.
 

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You bet me to that Peter. I wonder what the attraction is with Shaky boxes for sea anglers ? They all seem to use those boxes on the East coast. 🤷‍♂️
It’s mostly the smaller Beta boxes that are used by sea anglers and very good they are for the purpose.

They carry all the gear that you need in a waterproof shell, no need for fancy draws or foot plates as it just gets dumped on the shingle or the deck of a boat.

Plus using the smaller size means that you have to think about what you pack because you have to carry it!

You can cut bait up on it or can even sit on it.. once home, just put the garden hose on it and it’s good as new!

Doesn’t take up much space in the car and there is a very good company called Breakaway Tackle who make a conversion whereby you can carry the box like a rucksack....... good when you have a 2+ mile hike across loose shingle.....don’t fancy carrying a Rive that far!

Plus the fact that sea anglers aren’t ‘tarty’ when it comes to boxes, only rods and reels! :p
 

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It’s mostly the smaller Beta boxes that are used by sea anglers and very good they are for the purpose.

They carry all the gear that you need in a waterproof shell, no need for fancy draws or foot plates as it just gets dumped on the shingle or the deck of a boat.

Plus using the smaller size means that you have to think about what you pack because you have to carry it!

You can cut bait up on it or can even sit on it.. once home, just put the garden hose on it and it’s good as new!

Doesn’t take up much space in the car and there is a very good company called Breakaway Tackle who make a conversion whereby you can carry the box like a rucksack....... good when you have a 2+ mile hike across loose shingle.....don’t fancy carrying a Rive that far!

Plus the fact that sea anglers aren’t ‘tarty’ when it comes to boxes, only rods and reels! :p

My dad uses a blue one he’s had for maybe 40 years. Don’t know why as he only carries a knife, a chopping board, a few gripper leads, and a Pringles tube which contains a roll of pipe insulation with varies flapper and hook down rigs on. And although he hoses it down every now and again it stinks to high heaven. Mum makes him put it in ‘ his ‘ shed. She won’t have it in the garage with the rest of his gear as that’s where their chest freezer is and she says she isn’t walking past that to get food out of the freezer. 🤣🤣
 
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