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Old 04 November 2013, 16:05   #11
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so does the honwave have an inflatable keel as well as the V floor? I would imagine the V floor would do a really good job in helping keep a deep V for the bow entry?
The v floor pushes down and forms the keel....
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Old 04 November 2013, 16:10   #12
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oh so it doesnt have a seperate inflatable keel. thats a shame isnt it? any one have a pic of a honwave on the bottom?
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Old 04 November 2013, 16:23   #13
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zodiac is out of our price reach for a new one, the only one we can afford is a 2006.

ive heard the honwaves have a lot of hull flex, does this mean its impossible to plane?
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Old 04 November 2013, 16:39   #15
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ive heard the honwaves have a lot of hull flex, does this mean its impossible to plane?
I'd guess this is from a boat that wasn't properly inflated...they have to be at proper (high) pressure....then they plane just fine.
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The honwaves are like any air floor - if it's not inflated to the high pressure specified it is too flexible. If it is inflated to the design pressure it rides like a rigid hull.

My 2.7 will plain at half throttle with 2 of us, a dog, some kit and our 25litre fuel tank. The boat goes through choppy water with ease and flat out it literally flies and thankfully is very predictable when it lands!!!
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im starting to warm to the honwave :-)

now $700au for a slightly used 2.7 or $1200au for the 3.2 new. we felt the 2.85 was just too small, so maybe the 3.2 is a better investment as its also new and has the 1 year warranty?

id love a bombard 380 but we cant get them locally and they would be too much money anyways.
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I would definitely go for the 3.2 - my 2.7 is fine for cruising about but there's very little room to move about in the boat.

I know there's better boats out there from what I've read and I'm bias as the only SIB I've had is a honwave but I really cannot fault it and my one has had a life in the time I've had it; it gets ratchet strapped to my pickup instead of deflating, the outboard is almost twice the rated HP and I love jumping it off waves.
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do you find it jumps off plane due to boat flex? i heard this is usually only when its not at correct pressure once on cold water.

the big difference between the used zodiac and the honwave is beam, zodiac is 78cm the honwave is 67.5. I think the zodiac might be underpowered with the 8hp where as the honwave will be well suited for our needs.

getting closer to making a choice ;-)
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i thought the tabs at the back of the honwave were solid haha, thought i could use as a step when spearing. never mind a ladder would be easier anyway.
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