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Old 22 May 2018, 19:28   #1
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3.2 or 3.8m sib

Quick question.....
Looking to buy first sib and i am currently looking at a honwave t38 or t32. (£11.00 difference between the two).
It will be used at sea, in a bay and coastal areas around the bay only. Mostly x2 adults, but sometimes just myself.
What im asking is....is the 3.8 too big for solo use, as in all the weight would be to the rear. Launching is not an issue as it would be stored literally 50m from a launch/slipway.
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Old 22 May 2018, 23:58   #2
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Bigger boat needs a bigger engine to match the performance. However, the general rule is smaller SIBs are easier to store, inflate, and launch, but bigger SIBs are better when you're out on the water!

3.8 metres is not huge or unwieldy for solo use. You'd store the anchor and safety gear forward to aid trim.

On the other hand, you could manage perfectly safely in most sensible conditions in a 3.1.

In your position, I would be inclined to go for the larger of the two options.
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Old 23 May 2018, 01:25   #3
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Mike's advice is about where I'd be... for £11 I'd get the 3.8... usually the 3.8 is £100 more. Many who have started with the Honwave 3.2 move on to a 3.8. The weight difference is very small in reality... 9kg more for the 3.8. You really feel 9kg extra with an outboard but less so with a SIB.

It is important to consider the outboard budget and what you can buy.... have you any thoughts in that direction?
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Old 23 May 2018, 01:51   #4
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If you are 50m from launch with slipway available (and thus causing great envy to the rest of us!) then go big and hard floor for sure every time. As mentioned all SIBs need some weight up front be that people or gear so rig it with fuel/gear/anchor from midships to bow.
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Old 23 May 2018, 03:45   #5
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Hi Simon..to add a little to what the others have said Ö and I agree with all comments .. in general the bigger a boat is ..the dryer it is ... and you feel more secure in it too

So because Brighouse bay is small..and you will want to explore the beautiful but very exposed coast just around the corner ...



And because strong tides run around Little Ross Island which is a lovely quiet spot for a picnic



Oh ..and because once in a blue moon ..huge sea creatures visit the area .. (sadly this one never left again)



And the lovely Islands of Fleet are very worthy of a visit ..




(Beware ..going south east of Kirkcudbright Bay you enter a restricted area of sea. I believe army tanks still fire shells into the sea there ... so make sure you know how to identify when its safe to cross that section)

As such ..I would not hesitate and get the bigger size. I know of someone who recently upgraded from from the 3.2 to the 3.8 and wished he did it from the start. Most 3.8 owners I know go solo so its certainly not an issue. That does not mean the 3.2 should not be considered for your use..its a great boat too and suited for the area you are using it. ..so its your choice.
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3.8 would be the way to go maximum engine 20hp but the 3.2 is 15hp you donít want to get it wrong and think should have gone bigger once your out there we all make that mistake as gurnard says the have all upgraded to the 3.8 so that must say something either way you go hope you enjoy
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Old 23 May 2018, 10:26   #7
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Hi,

I started off with a 3.2M last year and upgraded to a 3.8M after our second outing as we wanted more space. For us we enjoy the extra space for when we have guests come out with us.

Hope this helps
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Thank you for all the replies, really appreciated. Well, ive been lto ook at some and thought the 3.8 was a bit too big....
So, ive bought (buying...collecting tomorrow) a 3.2 and a honda 8hp. Both 3 years old, outboard just serviced qith extras including the transom wheels (alrady fitted), lifejackets, petrol can and lead, tiller extension, outboard stand, extra seat, bravo inflator and a few other bits....£1600.
I think that should be ok for what i need...i hope!
Ive already got some safety equipment anyway, which i use gor my sot kayak.
Cant wait.....
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I know i know......
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