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Old 07 November 2013, 04:29   #41
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well how i look at it, bombard aerotec 380, honwave V floor, lodestar v floor, zodiac actiV. all seem to promot V hulls that simulate deep V rib hulls (not confused with just any old rib hull). as per the point of the thread, sibs who have V hulls.
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Old 07 November 2013, 04:49   #42
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I dont suppose anyone has a photo of a honwave from below, am interested in what the hull looks like.
There are a couple of pictures of the hull on this Honwave up for sale in the link below;

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With respect, you seem to be over thinking the floor selection process.

At 3m ish, any sib with either a V air floor or a flat air floor/keel combo will perform in a very similar fashion. In fact the only real difference at this size would be if the floor was completely flat with slats and they perform like a dog.

I have owned 3 Honwaves (2.7, 3.2 & T40) and been really happy with them all, the V floor was great and the only issues I ever had with it was if I under inflated it.

I have also owned 2, 3.1m Zodiacs, a wood floor version and the folding transom Rib version, both boats were good, but I felt the Honwave was bigger, more stable, slammed less and was dryer than the Zodiacs.
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At 3m ish, any sib with either a V air floor or a flat air floor/keel combo will perform in a very similar fashion.
My experience with a Quicksilver 3.4 airdeck, which I think is fairly typical of the flat floor design, is that it's perfectly usable but a bit floppy in any sort of chop. I've done trips from Portsmouth to Cowes a couple of times with no real dramas, but the floor does move around noticeably. The V floor on the Aerotec is rock solid by comparison.

Just for reference, these are the small boats that I have had over the years:

C Craft, wooden floor, no keel
Avon 400, wooden floor, inflatable keel
Zodiac MkIIc, aluminium floor, inflatable keel
Bombard AX, slatted floor, no keel
Quicksilver 3.4, flat airdeck, inflatable keel
Bombard Aerotec 380, airdeck V floor
Rover RIB lite 3.1, shallow RIB hull with folding transom
Bombard Aerotec 380, airdeck V floor

For me the Aerotecs beat the rest hands down due to the combination of light weight, ease of assembly and performance. I still have two of them, and am only selling one now as we rarely use both at the same time and I need the space.
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My experience with a Quicksilver 3.4 airdeck, which I think is fairly typical of the flat floor design, is that it's perfectly usable but a bit floppy in any sort of chop.
It takes a real man to admit he has a floppy problem

I think we all agree that the Bombard 380 is streets ahead of all the competition, which is even more amazing considering how long the design has been around.

The Honwave is good, but not quite as good as the Bombard, hence my comments about similarity with flat air floors.
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thanks for the link, the honwave does look odd to me now :-)

the aerotec is great, if only you could by them local in OZ/NZ.
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The Aerotec 380-Airdeck V floor really is an amazing bit of floor engineering.
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oh that makes me sad i cant have one. there are some similarities with the honwave, but no way the honwave is that deep a V.

the 3.4m zodiac light roller (non acti v) is still an option, it is 7 years old but its been stored well.

santa please bring me an aerotec for xmas.
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Get the Honwave...it's a simple choice :-)
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Vaguely on topic, how does the patented Zodiac Acti-V hull differ from other air floors and even their own light roller?

I did have the differences explained to me when I was choosing my boat but it was information overload that day and I've since forgotten.
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