I had the pleasure of a random phone call from Barry Parker, sales executive at Garmin who is a keen follower of the Inflatable Boat Advice Facebook group recently offering to host a webinar to the group members. A chance for him to explain the features of the Garmin Striker fish finders available from the website and for members to put questions to him.

Many thanks to everyone that attended the webinar. The next one planned will explain the features of the Echomap units. By then I should have my own Echomap 65cv which I'm dying to test out.

If you ever wondered what the features of the Garmin striker actually do then there will be a video of the webinar available soon while the next webinar will be advertised in the group so keep a look out for that.

Many thanks to Barry for a great job explaining how the units work and we all look forward to the next one.

We all love a product unboxing video, right?

Oban Jones who was lucky enough to get his hands on the prototype Hydrus II has put together this short video of how easy it is to set it up straight from the box.

From bow to stern Oban gives his unbiased opinion on the design features.

You can check out the unboxing video here

Many thanks Oban.

So with everyone having to 'Stay Home' what better time to inflate the Hydrus II than now.

Opening the box and unfolding it I can't help but admire the attention to detail that's gone into building it.

I knew from the start that the factory that built the Hydrus II also builds other VERY well known boats that are renowned for their quality and looking at all the fixings close up you can tell the Hydrus is no exception.

If it wasn't for the lockdown I'd be tempted to have it on the water by now myself but I'll save that pleasure for Oban who is eagerly waiting for the ban to lift so he can get his hands on it.

I'll be sure to do a full unbiased review of this boat soon but for now here are some sneaky peeks of the boat close up.