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Old 15 July 2011, 16:30   #1
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Honwave 4M

Im looking to get a honwave 4m ali floor but the engine i have at present is only 6.5hp, i cant afford a new engine at present so how would the 6.5 perform on this sib.
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Old 15 July 2011, 18:46   #2
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Terribly.......

...........is how it would perform (speaking from experience).

I have a Yam 380 with a 15hp Yamaha 4 stroke on the tail, we once placed my pals 8hp Honda on, just to see how she woud run...... displacement only - no fun at all, so save up and get yourself a 15hp minimum however, the Honwave 4.0 is best rated for a 40hp but she will take a 25hp (I say 20hp because this remains light enough to handle alone - too and from the car, yacht) etc.
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Old 16 July 2011, 07:35   #3
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i agree with meme i had a merc9 2 stroke on a yam 380 ,it was my first boat i got rid of it before the summer ended it was ok for poodling in a river but no fun! but it did get me into boating
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Old 16 July 2011, 12:35   #4
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I would like to go fast at some point, but i only intend to use it for a little sea fishing at present, would a 6.5 be sufficient to get me a mile offshore and back.
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my 9 got me down the devon coast okish ,but a strong current can make progress slow but dont see why it wouldnt make progress
give it go see how comfortable you feel with it, if your just going a mile out then anchoring up it will probably do the job ,
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Old 16 July 2011, 13:05   #6
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Steve,

I've been going out on the sea in one type of boat or another for 50yrs since a child. Years ago we all had displacement boats that would manage no more than 8kts flat out and it never stopped our enjoyment.

By and large inflatables are not suited to high speeds in rougher water so if it kicks up when you're out then the guys with 30hp motors aren't going to get back in much faster anyway.

Your 6.5hp will probably push the Honwave to its max displacement speed so I'd say you'll be fine with it as a starter engine.

Once you know if you like boating and the Honwave then you can think about 15/20/30hp depending on your use and needs.
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Honwave 4.0 is best rated for a 40hp but she will take a 25hp
Honda say 30hp max. but sell packages down to 5hp. I wouldn't take this boat on the open sea with a (old?) 6.5hp. Apart from being brutally slow, your ability to cope with tide, wind and avoid other vessels would be severely limited.

Consider buying a well used 3m SIB now and sell them both on as a package when you have a few quid saved. That way you get on the water now with a (probably) planing boat and you have a "ready to use" rig to sell later.
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I currently have a 2.9m proshore which planes easily but never been out to sea on it due to its size, thats the only reason I'm looking for a larger craft, if i knew my 2.9 could cope then i would use it until i saved up,does anyone use something as small as a 3m for sea use.
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does anyone use something as small as a 3m for sea use.
Mine is 2.7m - It's fine for calm days.
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Old 17 July 2011, 09:18   #10
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i have a howave 40 with ally floor and twatsu 40 hoss if youre intrested fella ,, boat 2011,, motor 2006 just serviced r
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