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Old 03 May 2012, 02:47   #11
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I beg to differ, I tried one of those first when I had a Honwave and the force you need on those cheap pumps breaks them as soon as the going gets tough. I broke the original bellows pump and a stirrup pump trying to get the floor pressure. The floor (& tube to a slightly lesser degree) pressure is critical as the boat floor will buck & wobble like a jelly when under pressure. And don't forget the effect the cold sea has on the floor pressure once launched (i.e. it reduces). A stirrup pump is pretty much impossible to use in the boat once launched.

Bravo all the way!

No reason why regular hand pumps should break unless they are perhaps really crappy Chinese models or misused - my original Zodiac foot pump is working great and gets to pressure for the floor fine as does the camping shop stirrup pump I bought last year (6.99 not 10 ) - Bravo pumps are great if you want to go that route but by no means essential. People have been using HP floored SIB's for years before Bravos...

Bravo BTP12 vs BST12 pump - what's the difference?

I keep my boat inflated through the season and throw it on and off the Land Rover roof - Bravo pumps are a nice luxury but not having the blow the boat up at all is best of all!
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Old 04 May 2012, 16:09   #12
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I had a 3.2 as a tender, and I agree that the correct pressure is important. But even with all the chambers at correct pressure it still used to bulge at speed, which also slowed down performance. Spoke to quite a few people with Honwaves (V floor, all sizes) and most of them did the same when fitted with the biggest engine option.

My solution was a hinged piece of ply that I put on the floor and braced against the tubes, made it a bit better, but not perfect. The aluminium floored versions have no issues.

I think you have to put up with the downsides if you want the convinience of the air floor.
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Old 05 May 2012, 02:43   #13
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Have you spoken to your local dealer? if yiou have just bought it that is where I would go first.

As for pumps we use the one that comes with it and it has been fine and we use them 2-3 times a week. Dont get me wrong there are a lot better pumps out there and if you are either v short of time or a v heavy user of the honwave they are well worth the extra. If not you will need to make that judgement call yourself.

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Old 05 May 2012, 14:08   #14
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Thanks for all your input on this issue it has been very helpful. I have bought a Bravo electric pump, but have also decided to go back to a boat with an aluminium floor & inflatable keel as never had any issues at all with it in the past. am thinking about the honwave T35-AE. Any thoughts?
Many thanks to all of you for your help.
Nigel :O)
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Old 05 May 2012, 14:39   #15
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Thanks for all your input on this issue it has been very helpful. I have bought a Bravo electric pump, but have also decided to go back to a boat with an aluminium floor & inflatable keel as never had any issues at all with it in the past. am thinking about the honwave T35-AE. Any thoughts?
Many thanks to all of you for your help.
Nigel :O)
I had a honwave T-30 AE, I liked it, performed well, buy a decent used one and they retain value well
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Old 05 May 2012, 18:18   #16
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Well I've owned 5 inflatables... currently with a Honwave 35AE I bought new. To be honest I can't fault the Honwave for the money, in fact it's hard to fault even comparing with makes/models costing 30%-50% more.

See my initial review after getting it delivered...

Honwave T35-AE review

If asked for any negatives the only one of any significance is its 160lbs weight compared to the 100lbs or less of a similar size air floor. To get round this we have gone over to using transom wheels all the time rather than trying to carry it and looking for hard slips where possible.
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