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Old 23 July 2016, 11:01   #11
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Don't get what Ashton Marine is talking about - flex in a aluminium floored sib.
I have a Honwave 3.5ae aluminium floor it don't flex at all.
I also have a Honwave T3.8 air floor - it does flex.
There's a problem if your aluminium floored sib is flexing.
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Old 23 July 2016, 16:59   #12
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OK, so I have taken the plunge. Ordered the Honwave T40, with the Suzuki 20hp engine, all sitting on a new trailer. Pic it up in about 10 days... cannot wait. She has already been named Little Nelly!
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Old 23 July 2016, 17:42   #13
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Good package - hold money well
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Old 23 July 2016, 17:42   #14
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Well done Ash... sure it will make a great outfit. Be interested to hear how you get on with the Suzuki 20 powering it.... well actually how you like the whole setup. Chuck up some images when you get out if you can.
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Old 24 July 2016, 01:33   #15
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Hi

I have been out in some big waves to see what the T40 honwave was like and the boat was not as near as rigid as I would have liked it to be. 1m waves fine. 2 m waves at 10 O clock and the front port side of the boat flexes.

Not a nice experience but then some people dont mind it. I do. It does not fill you with confidence and the handling in the bigger stuff for me is nasty and when that happens more than an hour from home still in coastal water so still in the CAT C range it is not a remotely fun

The ali floor is also for a pain to put up and that not just on the Honwaves but every ali floor SIB I have been on.Again I am not saying they dont have their place but I am not into faffing about. You can get a good SR4 or 5.4 for the same money or a FRIB and for my money both handle far far better.


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Old 24 July 2016, 01:43   #16
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I love my Honwave 3.5 AE . It's got a 20hp Tohatsu on and I've been out in some big waves and never felt any flexing but I'm always spot on with the pressures.
I don't find assembly much of a chore either but experience has taught me that two people do it so much quicker.
You'll love the outfit and you'll get years of fun out of it, enjoy.
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Old 24 July 2016, 03:17   #17
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Yup paddlers I agree.
I too have a Honwave 3.5ae with a Tohatsu 20hp 4 stroke.
Never had any flexing and I've been out in all sorts of stinking sea conditions.
Only just bought a T3.8 with an air floor and it does flex as one would expect. The flexing actually smoothes out the ride - i don't have any concerns about it flexing.
When I bought the 3.5ae I was advised against its bigger brother - the 4.0ae as I was told they were more susceptible to broken floor boards and stringers. I have no experience of the larger 4.0ae so I can't comment. There's certainly no flex in the 3.5ae and if I was to rewind to the point of purchase it would be the 3.5ae again as it is plenty big for my needs.
6 years on and it's still like new no seam / glue failures - I agree building it is a pain, that's why i built a trailer for it.
The T3.8 is a doddle to set up in comparison.
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Old 24 July 2016, 03:41   #18
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Ashton Marine your post comes across as really bad form when you know the guy has just bought new the SIB you're trying to trash.

My unbiased real life private user experience of many SIB types inc alloy floor Honwaves enables me to give a big thumbs up to Ashwatkins new outfit.

And you mention again the faff of setting up... why... the guy's having it all on a new trailer.
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My t40 ae has had 6 years of being hammered, fully laden, big waves,etc, I am not one bit careful with it, in fact I don't really look after it very well at all. As I said it doesn't flex at all and I'm amazed at how robust it is. Ash I think that's a great setup you've got, enjoy it.
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Old 24 July 2016, 05:02   #20
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Another 👍 for honwave

I've owned an Ali floor 3.5 which didn't flex, and was sat on a trailer so no assembly issues

My new 3.2 air deck does flex (only used twice) but considering "car boot to on water time" within around 20 mins (bravo pump) it's an excellent sib

I'm sure you'll love your T40, good outboard choice too
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