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Old 06 September 2009, 06:37   #1
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310 zodiac active v or 320 honda honwave

i cant make my mind up which one can you help ?

i will be running a honda bf10 engine on it

honda plus points best price 775
1 a bit longer
2 has a strip around edge keeping drier
3 tab on back to help getting in
4 more raised front end keeping drier

honda minus points
1 only 2 year warranty
2 v shape floor (air deck)
3 needs expensive launch wheels
4 needs expensive hp electric pump


zodiac plus best price 900
1 its a zodiac
2 5 year warranty
3 internal storage pot
4 flat floor not v shape (air deck)
5 cheaper options for launch wheels and electric pump


what should i do ?????
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Old 06 September 2009, 06:44   #2
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Darren, don't pay too much attention to the external dimensions of the SIB, its the internal floor space that matters. You may notice that some have pointed rear tubes that extend quite a way back past the transom. Some like zodiac have rounded tubes at the rear. This can add valuable floor space. My 3.4 zodiac has 8ft of internal space and quite wide compared to many others of a similar size.

Oh and the internal stoage 'pot' is more of a pain that being useful. It has to be inserted before the front tube is inflated or you can damage the tubes.

Other things I would look for. How many seats can it accomodate? How easy is it to get spares or repairs? Does it have space to fit transducer to the transom? where could I fit GPS, fishfinder and rod holder/s?
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Old 06 September 2009, 08:20   #3
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I can only comment on the Honwave having bought the 3.8 (2ft longer) model a few months ago and can honestly say it is fantastic.

I believe that the honwave has a larger diameter tube that gives it a more safer/stable feel.

As for the 2 year warranty I honestly believe that as long as you look after it, the boat will last for years

Best wishes

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Old 06 September 2009, 10:04   #4
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I have a Zodiac 3.4 air floor & it has proved very good. The air floor is good as it rolls up & lives in the back of my car - good for spontaneous sibbing sessions.

It's taken a fair bashing over this summer & no scrapes or punctures yet.

In fact I have more confidence in this little boat than I had in my RIB.

Prices seem a bit toppy new but I bought it secondhand, there were a few available when I looked so I would buy used & get the wheels & extras thrown in foc.
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Old 06 September 2009, 11:43   #5
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well i am on my way to becoming a sibber ,just bought a new 310 active v 2009 but last years model so i got it for 850. rrp 1250-1400. bargain
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Old 07 September 2009, 09:47   #6
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Hi Dorsetdarren

I am with Jake4589 on this one, I have the Honwave 3.8m and I am very pleased with it. On Saturday we had 4 up on the boat and my Mother in Law does not like water but was perfectly happy cruising in the choppy water.

I have to say for a boat of this size it feels remarkably stable. Well worth it...
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Old 20 June 2010, 16:02   #7
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how fast does a HonWave 3.8 Metre Air V-Floor Inflatable with a 20hp honda go? anyone got exact speed?

would you go faster putting the 20hp on the 3.2 m honwave v-floor ? or would the thing sink..

is anyone using a 3.2 m honwave with a 20hp on the back?
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Old 20 June 2010, 16:11   #8
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Its been said before, best SIB Bombard aerotec 380!
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Old 21 June 2010, 09:01   #9
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Its been said before, best SIB Bombard aerotec 380!
Too heavy and needs a 15hp minimum which adds more weight. Dragging a boat and engine up steep beaches/ramps soon raises overall weight up your list of priorities.
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Old 21 June 2010, 18:16   #10
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how fast does a HonWave 3.8 Metre Air V-Floor Inflatable with a 20hp honda go? anyone got exact speed?

would you go faster putting the 20hp on the 3.2 m honwave v-floor ? or would the thing sink..

is anyone using a 3.2 m honwave with a 20hp on the back?
19.2 knots. with 30 stone of passengers
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