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Old 13 August 2019, 15:06   #1
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Honwave Problems

Hi, I have a Honwave T38 which appears to take on water! I have checked the rib all over and can find no damage. I filled the boat with water and again no signs of leaks. I haver changed the non return valve and again it still appears to take on water.
Has anyone else experienced similar issues or can point me in the right direction?

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Old 13 August 2019, 15:26   #2
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Hi Dave, what sort of quantity of water over what period. Ultimately if you have filled the boat up with water and nothing is getting out, i would imagine it can only be water coming over the tubes/transom during use or through the valve (unless it was raining lol)
Is the one way valve fitted the correct way round? Is there any debris in there wedging it open? I guess to check the one way drain valve you could from the outside of the transom pressurise some water around the valve....toilet plunger or similar full of water slowly press on the valve to see if that induces any ingress to the inside perhaps? (Wouldn't need to apply much pressure)
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Old 13 August 2019, 15:50   #3
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Hi Bomberman, I think the valve is fitted the correct way? When I replaced the old valve it didn't appear to be broken / worn either. When you take the internal bung out it does appear to let water in which I don't understand? The water is definitely not coming in from over the tubes / transom as it happens on the flattest of days. It takes on quite a bit of water and you can feel it under the aluminium floor and you can feel the boat not handling too well and struggling to get on the plane. The valve has what looks like a screw fitting on the outside of the boat but I can't find any kind of screw in bung to fit it?
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Old 13 August 2019, 16:34   #4
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Forgive me for nit picking but the T38 doesn't have an alloy floor... is it a T35 or T40?

Does it have drains like these... which should have a bung you can place in from the outside?

Honda Honwave Inflatable Boat Non Return Drain Bung

With all the SIB makes and models I've owned I've never left the bungs out/off for any time as unless you on the plane at higher speeds all the while water will seep through the one-way flap valves which are quite crude and not intended as a full perfect seal.

I mainly use them to take out and tip the boat to drain for packing away.

Actually here's a better view of the drain components... is your this type?

https://www.tridentuk.com/gb/honda-h...nder-boat.html
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Hi Dave, Fenlander beat me to it (damn he is fast!) regarding the effectiveness of the valves.....I think a member on here a few years ago looked into that a little deeper and suggested ways to improve them. You mentioned a screw thread on the outside of the transom drain plug, does the drain plug screw together one half inside one half outside and a seal on each side on installation? And therefore is the outide half missing perhaps? (May be worth a picture if you could to show the threaded region if you could)
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>>> Fenlander beat me to it (damn he is fast!)

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Makes me want a hot chocolate!!!
I guess the threaded portion you describe is likely just the thread that is used to attach the inner and outer sections together.
You could try nipping the valve up screwing it a little tighter therefore applying more pressure to the seals and/or taking it apart and putting some sealant around the inside of the hole prior to reassembly (preventing water getting in around the valve) also makin sure the bung is pushed in when on the water (to ensure water not getting in through the valve)....then monitor it....maybe get out in the water and have a look to see if you can see anything coming in. Hope this helps and let us know how you get on
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Water Intrusion.-

General causes for water intrusion :

-If having this type of drain valve and the outer plug is firmly inserted into the rear valve body there should be 0 water intrusion going on inside. Check that lower inner and outer lower transom's fabric is well glued to the entire lower transom's length. If not, there's the water intrusion.

-Probably the inner part of the valve needs to be adjusted a bit to seal well against both side of transom. Will need to remove all floors and adjust tight with hand.

-Those valves are usually installed bit higher than lower fabric, so there will always be water left overs on that area that will need to be dried with a rag, towel whatever.

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Old 14 August 2019, 02:46   #9
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Hi Fenlander,
Yes that is the drain plug I have fitted. The bung is on the inside of the boat and there isn't a external bung. It does appear to let water in when the bung isn't in place which a thought was strange given its a non return valve? I'm sure it is in the right way? I never leave the bung out unless I'm on the plane and trying to get rid of some of the water.
Thanks for all the advice I shall have a play next time I'm out on the water. cheers Dave
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Of course you're right... I'd forgotten after so many Zodiac models with the outside bungs and had to look at old pics of my T35 to remind the bung indeed is on the inside.

I think with such a crude flap non-return valve like most SIBs it's asking a lot for them not to seep water the wrong way when the bung is out. About all the purpose they serve is stopping a surge of water coming in if say a wave hits the stern or you reverse.

This is odd though as I've never had any SIB that's taken on an appreciable amount of water unless in poor conditions when I'd seen the spray flying in... yet in filling it with water and observing you ought to have found any leak.

As you say concentrate on it next time out to see any clues.
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