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Old 07 August 2012, 15:25   #1
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Hi All.

Newbie here with a question thats probably been asked a million times......

Just bought a honwave 3.2 inflatable floor.
From your experience what would be the minimum size outboard needed to get it to plane with 2 adults and 2 small children? Just in the process of finding an engine and would value your opinions. I want enough power to move the boat and a small enough unit to make it as portable as possible. I know the max poss size for this boat is 15hp.

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Old 07 August 2012, 16:41   #2
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9.8 2 stroke Tohatsu will do it if the adults are not too porky. SEARCH for more!
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Old 08 August 2012, 04:17   #3
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Thanks ,

was hoping to get away with 10hp, but looks like a 15 might be in order
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As a 9.8 user, I think you'll be a lot happier with a 15hp, considering the load.
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We've got the same SIB, normally run a 8hp yam 2/ with two adults and it's fine, but have put a 15 yam on the back an it transforms it.
I don't know what your experience is and your intended area of operation, but depending on where you are using it (river or sea?) i wouldn't want to be going crazy fast with 4 "people" onboard a 3.2m boat. By the time you've filled it up with all the required kit there won't be much room for moving about

To be honest if i was starting from new id go for the bigger engine, to give me more flexibility but that's based on my experience and use of the boat.

Remember the newer 4 strokes will be much heavier per hp, if you can find a nearly new 15hp 2 stroke I'd go with that.....

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