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Old 10 April 2015, 20:24   #1
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First splash for my Honwave.

Finally got time free from work to put the Honwave in some water....I ve been itching to get her in water for a couple of weeks, no sea voyage just a quick hour or so in a local river.

Two up she came up on plane very easily...but I m not sure if the trim is right or the bow is riding a bit high.

These clips are not great but might give an idea of bow and stern.



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Old 11 April 2015, 01:52   #2
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looks about right if your going to be in it on your own you could try putting the fuel tank further forward or get a tiller extension may help a little.
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Old 11 April 2015, 03:49   #3
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As beerbelly says... re moving tank when one up. Having said that you're pretty close to ideal. Those Honwave 3.8 models have a pronounced kick up in the tube design towards the bow making them look more bow high than they really are... the main part of your tubes are close to level on the water.

Your videos remind me of when we bought our first inflatable and took it to a remote Fenland drain and the Mrs got out to video me getting it on the plane for the first time. Great fun and the start of years of enjoyment since then.
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Old 11 April 2015, 04:52   #4
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Looking good Jelly, it's a lot easier than yakking. As the others have said get some weight up front.
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Old 11 April 2015, 07:38   #5
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Looking good, are you on the river Hull by any chance.

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Old 11 April 2015, 10:21   #6
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I ve been having a play about making a solo centre seat for when I m on my own. I want something that keeps me low in the boat , but sitting on the deck doesn't give me a view around the bow. So I ve started to knock up a seat. Its a reasonably lightweight seat mounted onto marine ply and has a polystyrene centre former to support the ply on the v deck. The seat board fits lightly under the tubes and the whole board and polystyrene is going to get a coat of glass to stiffen and waterproof it before a coat of matching paint.

This is roughly where it will sit, I ve ordered a tiller extension today to help the forward positioning control.





I ve also started making a second bench seat that is going to have rod holders,fishfinder/plotter and compass fitted to it, I ve only just started by cutting to size the boards, planing and sanding smooth and now the boards are clamped whilst the epoxy cures. I ve laminated three pieces, two 12mm and a top 9mm, the top piece being birch plyfor a nice smooth surface. The bench will also be getting a coat of glass and epoxy before I fit it out.

I ve also run a new piece of 6mm shock cord around the bow cover as the flimsy little loops that came with it were poor. Its now nice and taught across the bow.....unlike in these pics

Cheers Dave.
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Old 11 April 2015, 11:15   #7
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Yep, definitely looks a little tail heavy, OK on the river but at sea in a headwind I'd want a bit more sharp end in the water. IME all SIBs need weight up front, in mine I have the big Pelicase with anchor and a load of other gubbins up there.
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First splash for my Honwave.

Looks ok to me, but I'd be very wary of rocks an stuff in rivers and canals.
As said, the Honwaves can look higher at the front with there tube design. Wait til you get out on the sea with some swell and winds lifting it up at the front lol..
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Hi jelly worm I've just bought a t38 new but yet to get an engine was looking at the Honda 15hp or 20hp have you any info for me of the performance of it
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Old 17 May 2015, 21:50   #10
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Hi there, 2 up (me and the missus) plus anchor and other safety etc plus a full tank of fuel in a slight chop GPS was showing 18mph at roughly 80% full throttle. Not had a solo run on the sea yet but hoping to be out on Tuesday for a days fishing weather permitting. I'll put an update on as I m hoping to put enough time on the motor to be using a bit of WOT at some points.

I ve also got the solo seat finished as well so I'll have a better midships seating position as well so will hopefully put some pics on .

I ve got the 15hp motor.
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