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Old 06 November 2013, 05:24   #31
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There are probably others, but those are certainly the most common.
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Old 06 November 2013, 08:24   #32
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are the honwaves and aerotec 380 the only 2 that have the floor sections which make the deep V shape?
The V on my Zodiac Fastroller is very effective at keeping boat pointing in desired direction with no signs of lateral drift that I have ever noticed.

I looked at a number of options including the Honwaves and Chinese options, but liked the flat deck of the fastroller and the fact that the flat HP floor is more protected from below by the keel and non inflated V of the boat.

Couple of good images of V shape part way down the page
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Old 06 November 2013, 13:31   #33
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The 3.2m Honwave is a great choice, I had one for a season with a 15hp 2 stroke Mariner, I loved it.

Dont worry too much about the size, because it has a flat front and only stubby cones at the back its actually nearly as big inside as a 3.4 Zodiac. It also feels 'safe' because the V floor and big tubes give it a much deeper cockpit than the Zodiac.

I really liked ours, the only downside was the weight and the fact it was too big as a tender for our sports cruiser.

Other manufactures that produce V floors are Suzamar and Wet Line.

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I dearly love a fastroller, just cant afford one. The honwave is half he price.

Thanks Pirate, Ive been studying all the specs and too my surprise the 3.2 is as big or bigger than many of the 3.3m cheaper sibs, it also doesnt have pointy cones. Add to that the built in tabs at the back and I can only assume it performs more like a 3.4 of the cheaper built sibs that i was looking at at.

The honwaves bow is really pronounced upward compared to my zodiac cadet.

I dont suppose anyone has a photo of a honwave from below, am interested in what the hull looks like.
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Old 06 November 2013, 14:23   #35
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as a newbee i can only say in the few times weve been out this year in our 3.2 honwave with 10hp weve had a great time and felt really safe and found it nice and quick to inflate, launch and packaway back in the car
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the 320 honda is 40cm longer internally than my zodiac 285. its about the same width internally though. 40cm is quite a bit of space.
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the lodestar 3d V appears very similar to the honwave, not that it matters we cant get them here either. im just confused whether these deep V floors perform better than traditional inflatable keels like our c285s (non activ version).
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the lodestar 3d V appears very similar to the honwave, not that it matters we cant get them here either. im just confused whether these deep V floors perform better than traditional inflatable keels like our c285s (non activ version).
They significantly outperform air floors with an inflatable keel, and in my experience give a similar performance to a solid floor with inflatable keel.
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so john not as good as a aerotec but bit better than a traditional air keel with air floor?
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The Aerotec is a deep V (comparatively!) inflatable floor. I'm now not sure what you're actually trying to compare!
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