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Old 13 June 2015, 11:47   #1
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honwave or seapro

Hi

just about to buy a honwave t40 brand new with new mariner 20. Opinions on this package would be appraciated as it is to go in my motorhome .

do you think performance will be ok , just me and the wife ?

i have considered a seapro 380hd with the same mariner motor which do you think would be best ?

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Old 13 June 2015, 13:36   #2
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Hi,
Good choice. Both decent boats but I would favour the Honwave as slightly more mainstream with potentially better resale values.
The T40 should do about 21 - 24 mph with the Mariner 20 but could take up to a 30. I imagine you've gone for the 20 for portability - at around 52kg this is on the limit for lifting/carrying single handed.
At 86kg the T40 is a big old beast to launch and recover and is approaching trailer territory. If you need the space fair enough, but a T35 is considerably lighter at 60kg and still big enough for two.
Either way a good choice, hope you enjoy your new boat.
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Old 13 June 2015, 15:48   #3
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well thanks for that and after reading your advice it looks like we might go for the 35 as the weight difference alone will make a difference to the carrying in the motorhome. also there are some good reports on the 35 on here , do you think the performance in the water ie smaller size make it bounce around a little more will be much different ?
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Old 13 June 2015, 19:32   #4
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You are correct of course, the shorter boat will be slightly bouncier in chop and swell, but not really by any significant amount.
Unfortunately the T35 is 73kg and not quite as light as I originally thought. Only 13kg less than the T40. My apologies for that.
The T38 air V floor is significantly lighter at 43kg and quicker to assemble, although not as rigid as the aluminium floor boats.
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I have a Honwave 3.5 AE and there's five of us. Gets onto the plane with a 20 Tohatsu no problem and we're not light...
I considered the 4 but was told (I've no idea if it's true) that the 3.5 handled much better. Get a set of Honwave launch wheels when you buy it, you won't regret it. They're the best accessory you can buy & make owning a sib a lot easier.
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I'd for sure go Honwave over the lesser known make. You certainly don't need bigger than a 3.4/3.5 for two, more than enough room. I'd certainly look at the air floor than solid as a much more practical and lighter option given your likely use and storage (seldom if ever does a solid floor SIB user try airfloor and go back to solid unless trailering and keeping it assembled). Bear in mind the 20 hp 4 stroke is a big old lump to store and lift and consider how you will lift and keep it in the camper being a 4 stroke. For probable occasional use I'd maybe go 3.4 airfloor and 2 stroke 9.8 or Mariner/Mercury 15. All very light and no storage issues. But against it you won't get a new engine of course.
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As an ex Honwave T35AE owner (and currently a 3.4m air floor owner) I'd say that size would be fine unless you specifically want the extra size of the 4m. There will be little difference between those two Honwaves on the sea, the 3.5 is already a very stable and roomy SIB.

Even with the 3.5 I'd stick to a 20hp as their weight knocks a bit off the performance seen with lighter SIBs using a 15hp.

My thoughts on the air floor option Max mentions would depend on how you use the SIB from the motorhome. If you move about on a daily basis so have to set up the SIB each day the air floor is so much easier but if you stay in the same place for several days at a time and leave the SIB inflated then for me the benefits of the solid alloy floor on the T35AE would make me go for that choice.
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Totally agree with Max, unless you are going to tow it, T40 with 20hp 4 stroke will be crazy heavy and I'm not sure you would fit it through a motor home door, i have a Honwave with an air floor, and I would never get a boarded floor sib, Bravo electric pump, set of transom wheels and you should be able to deploy in 15 minutes
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Old 14 June 2015, 04:04   #9
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thanks for that everyone , it certainly gives food for thought, can anyone answer a silly question then , if i go for an air floor are they flat to walk on or is the v shape in the boat as well its difficult to see from some of the pics and are they prone to punctures in the floors? sorry for the daft questions but need to get this right
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Bombard Aerotec and Honwave air floors are V-shaped... Zodiac and other make air floors are often flat (like my Zodiac). V air floors are stiffer but for me not an option as I need a flat floor.

I'm always wary advising someone to have an air floor unless they've had a run out with one for experience... some folks hate them.

Not really puncture prone but obviously you have to watch what you drop on them.... just a bit of extra thought all the time unless you fit a thick mat over.
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