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Old 17 July 2016, 07:29   #1
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Advice please- Honwave T40

Hi, as you may have seen I am new to RIBS/SIBS. I went to the local boat shop this weekend and explained what I am looking to do with the boat and my budget. I am looking for something big enough for maybe 4 adults, although it would normally be 2 adults and a couple of small dogs. I live in Teignmouth, Devon and we have quite a fierce current down here on the tides. I'll be using it for fishing and just coastal cruising to local bays. I suppose I would prefer a RIB, but it would be second hand at my budget and getting a decent engine would worry me.

My budget is 4k. For this I have been offered a brand new Honwave T40 with a new 20HP 4 stroke Honda engine and Extreme bunked trailer.

Is this a good combo, anyone have experience of these?

Advice please? Would this set up suit my needs?
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Old 17 July 2016, 08:02   #2
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The T40 is a roomy, robust SIB (I've had the 3.5 version) at a great price.

Main downsides are the weight and fiddly setup procedure... but with a trailer those are not an issue.

BF20 Honda engine is quiet and easy on fuel. You could get a lighter 20hp at slightly less money if you went for the Suzuki DF20efi I have. But the weight is not an issue as you will have a trailer and I'd not argue with anyone that said they prefer the Honda engine reputation.

The only alternative I'd consider would be the 3.5 Honwave if you were 2+dogs most of the time... they are very roomy too.
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Old 17 July 2016, 08:26   #3
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I was going to suggest you look at Fenlander's experience with his new Suzuki and did you want to keep the boat on a trailer full time?

A decent looking used 3.8 airfloor Honwave with Honda 20 hp plus trailer was advertised on this forum for 1750 recently

I'll be going out from Polly Steps next week if you want to see a 3.2 airfloor / 15hp. It does for me + 1, wth two dogs and a bit of gear, too small. The 3.8 would be better for room. Do you want a hard floor or air floor? PM me for details if you want
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Posted after I'd read Fenlanders post.. the 3.5 HW Ali floor will be roomy, wider
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Old 18 July 2016, 02:11   #5
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Thanks for the advice. Yabbadabbadoo, tried to PM but couldn't for some reason (probably me being thick)
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I would go for the F-RIB 360 and the suzuki EFI outboard and no trailer. That way you get a RIB and not a soft bottom boat. The T40 I also found was not great in waves and flexed far to much for me. The honda outboard is bullet proof but dull so if like most people you are not doing more than 100 hours a year get the far better suzuki as that is lighter and EFI . Or as that is a few more quid ( quote if you want) I would go F-RIB and 2nd hand outboard. for 4K you would probably also get the trailer if the outboard was 2nd hand!

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4K for a SIB is a lot of money and if it was my money I would be looking at other options. I am not saying dont do it but you can get a good SR4 for that money!

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4K will buy you a very nice Sr4 which will do all you want and a lot more but second hand!
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I was thinking of a sr 4 also.

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Old 18 July 2016, 08:42   #10
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Hi ash

I've got a honwave t40 and an frib 360. I think they are both great. The t40 is a much bigger boat despite only being a wee bit longer. Unlike Ashton marine I haven't had any flex issues and have found it very capable in waves. I think you'd find the frib a bit cramped even with 2 people and 2 dogs and some kit - with 4 people and 2 dogs there wouldn't be enough room I don't think.

If you're def trailering all the time I'd be going for the t40. It's a great value boat as well.
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