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Old 23 August 2012, 18:36   #1
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Hi there, I'm going to look at a 4mtr Honda honwave tomorrow, how can I tell the year of the boat, will it be in the serial number or does it simply say it on the plate, it looks in good condition and have been told it was professional repaired in two places on the bow and is holding air 100% is there anything I should look out for with honda's? I of course will be bringing my soapy water and sponge! Will be nice to have a sib again!! All going well of course...
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Old 24 August 2012, 03:06   #2
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Its all about condition on these. we see some that are like new i.e. tenders for the fair weather sailors and others that get used daily.

also check the pressure gauge , repair kit , oars, bags etc are there as well as the pump as these often go missing. oh, and at that size launching wheels would also be good.
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Old 25 August 2012, 17:28   #3
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I made the jump back to an Inflatable Boat (until my new RIB gets built) I thought I would get something that's a good size and is easy on fuel so I went off on a 400 mile round trip to buy myself a 4mtr Honda Inflatable. So far so good! At the moment I have a 5hp 4stroke Johnson on the back and would you believe it gets on the plane with it, I'm looking at a 15hp 4 stroke Honda, Would anyone venture a guess at what speed I should expect to get from this set up?

I'm also thinking of what I can modify on the boat or add on...I saw some boats with a bimini top fitted, does anyone have this set up or can anyone offer advice on how to achieve this?

Any other modifications to SIB's would be much appreciated...It has been a few years since I had one and would like to know the latest people have done to their boats...

Also any photos of Hondwave's or Sib's would be great!

Thanks!

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Old 26 August 2012, 00:24   #4
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Sunbrella 3-Bow Bimini Kit for Inflatable Boats with Hardware

Amazon.com: Aluminum Bimini Top for 7 - 8 ft Inflatable Boat, 2 Bow Design with Gray Canopy: Sports & Outdoors

Taylor Made Inflatable Boat Shade Top

I think most use a glue on patch with a pinned anchor point for the down tube.

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Having you Honda sib a ropetie all around, try to get a canopy that uses alum fixation plates wich secures to side ropetie and rests on top tubes. The ones that are secured on oar lock rod does break with time and stress. No need to glue end d'ring patches, just secure rear lateral belts to any eyelet found at rear ropetie.

You can place fixations plates inside or outside ropetie, the position that provides best free canopy movement when folding down. Install canopy with sufficient space to close properly at back engine. Get a canopy cover with velcro to keep canopy evenly folded when not in use. Will need to infalte fully all tubes for the canopy to rest firm on top tubes and not rock on them when sib is under inflated.

Definitely will have less fun compared to your last larger sib with 40 HP, but it's good to maintain the marine spirit while finishing you new rib.

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Old 26 August 2012, 16:17   #6
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The bimini tops look good, must track one down a little closer to home or i might go into the construction of one.... went out for a short spin again today, nice to be back on the water in a SIB! can't wait to get a bigger engine on her, saw a 15hp honda for sale today, looked good. does anyone else have a similar set up? 4mtr with 15hp...what speed do you get?
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Hi. I have a 3.8m Honwave air deck with a 15hp 2 stroke Tohatsu.

I have just spent two weeks in Croatia with her. Out on her for about 6 hours everyday so had plenty of opportunity to test her out. The boat very easily gets on the plane with just two people and 25l of fuel. We then started adding other members of the family and came to the conclusion it would get on the plane with 4 people but not 5. With six in it it felt really slow.

I chose this set up as the boat lives in the back of the motorhome and the engine is fairly easy to carry around and get in and out of the motorhome garage.

From memory we were getting about 21 mph out of it with two up .
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Old 27 August 2012, 03:04   #8
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depending on how much gear you take the figure of 21mph is about right.

re the upgrade to the rib.

I would wait until next year as there might well be some interesting developments.

re engine:

BF15 SHU new comes in at 2181 inc VAT with a 6 year warranty so I hope this will give you a good gauge to work out if the 2nd hand one is good value.
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depending on how much gear you take the figure of 21mph is about right.

re the upgrade to the rib.

I would wait until next year as there might well be some interesting developments
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re engine:

BF15 SHU new comes in at 2181 inc VAT with a 6 year warranty so I hope this will give you a good gauge to work out if the 2nd hand one is good value.
Care to elaborate?
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Old 29 August 2012, 03:43   #10
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Hi

Sorry it is a v v strong rumour at the moment and hence I suppose would be classed as gossip. Having said that if I was a betting man I would say the odds were about 90% in favour of it happening.

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