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Old 16 September 2014, 18:15   #1
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3.5ae HONWAVE vs 4.5 m Cathedral Hull

I'm no expert on rigid boats but I recently returned from 5 days sea fishing with my old man and his mate.
I was in my trusty 3.5ae Honwave sib, my old boy was in his glass fiber Cathedral Hulled boat with his mate.
Day 1 and 2 the sea was like glass and we fished together - nothing to report.
Day 3 we went to an off shore wreck a out 3.8 miles from port.
It was calm on departure but the wind kicked up a decent chop later in the day.
I was astonished at how much better my Sib handled drifting in the chop.
Sat low down with low centre of gravity I happily drifted along fishing away quite happy.
My old man and his mate on the other hand were getting thrown around like an empty sock.
I could hear the hull banging and slapping down as it drifted in the chop.
They soon had enough and set back towards land for shelter.
About 10 mins later I set off behind them.
Within 5 minutes I had caught them up and over took them.
Both commented on how much better my 'dinghy' handled the chop.
I tried not to be too smug as my dad's mate had expressed his concerns about the safety of my dinghy going to sea before we set off from home.
Ahhhhhem!
On day 4 my dad's mate joined me for the day in the Sib and is now converted and says he is going to get himself one.
He will be on here with another which Sib thread in due ourselves lol!
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Old 17 September 2014, 11:38   #2
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Cathedral hulls beat the crap out of you in chop. I'd much rather have a deep V hull shape than a cathedral shape for anyplace that is subject to wind and/or short swell.

Your SIB is kind of different, as you tend to ride on top of the water no matter what, but I know what you're talking about.

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Old 17 September 2014, 12:50   #3
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Cathedral hulls beat the crap out of you in chop. I'd much rather have a deep V hull shape than a cathedral shape for anyplace that is subject to wind and/or short swell.


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Yep they do, I have never understood the love of these boats by fisherman.
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Old 17 September 2014, 15:23   #4
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>>> never understood the love of these boats by fisherman.

Roomy and stable (particularly at rest) from my experience as a teen using them.
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