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Old 17 August 2018, 03:26   #1
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Honwave showroom

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I am new to boating and I am looking to purchase a new honwave T38, is there a dealer in the north east that has them an show?
I am from Teesside and I don't mind traveling as long as it is not too far.

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Old 17 August 2018, 05:33   #2
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https://www.tridentuk.com/gb/engines...flatables.html

You could ring these people. Their address is NE, but I don't know if they have a showroom.
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Old 17 August 2018, 05:43   #3
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I spent a bit of time searching. Most of the dealers seem to be either online or down south.

The Honwave is a wel respected brand, part of Honda. I had owned 2 inflatables and was long term boatless until my wife saw a Honwave and approved. In the end, I bought Zodiac because I particularly like boarded floors, but that's me.

The Honwave is a smart, seaworthy boat, and a respectable choice: a boat rather than a cheap toy.

With the big brands, you are unlikely to find a boat that is no good at all. It's only the el cheapo ones that are awful. The hull is often the cheapest part of the package anyway, compared to the engine.

The one thing I didn't like about the Honwave was the V air floor. It makes it a great boat, but at the sacrifice of a flat "deck" to put stuff on. I felt I could see boxes and bags all migrating to the centre of the V. Also, and very much a personal thing, I was not in favour of an air floor. I can't offer a sensible reason.
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Depending how far you want to travel Liverpool Power Boats have a couple of Honwaves in the showroom
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Trident do have a show room. Not sure if there will be any honwaves in it. If they do I wouldnít be surprised if they donít have a wide selection - they take up a lot of space and probably donít sell that many compared to the value of other stuff they can squeeze on the same floor area.

Personally Iíd have no qualms about buying a honwave unseen. The questions will be floor- probably not obvious the pros/cons on the show room, and size bigger is always better except when lifting it in/out your car or storing it! You can probably mock up the size with a duvet and pillows in the house for estimating how many people!

If I was planning to store deflated Iíd go airfloor every time. If there is really an issue with stopping kit moving around the long distance sib cruisers here will have a solution.
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Old 17 August 2018, 08:41   #6
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Hello and welcome to the forum Tony.

I'd agree with the comments above and say that asking questions on here relative to your use, crew size and travelling arrangements will tell you more about the model than most dealers could.

Was there any particular reason you want to see one in the flesh? I am an ex-Honwave owner and hold them in high regard. In many ways they are equal to Zodiac and at half the cost or less.

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Hi, thanks all for the replies it looks like I have made my mind up anyway. The reason behind wanting to see it in the flesh is mainly the size, I think I have watched every YouTube video on the T38, but when I stride it out on the floor it looks huge. It will be split between carrying 2 adults an possibly a dog, and 4 adults and fishing gear.
After again lots of research I narrowed the engine choice between the Honda 20hp and the Suzuki 20hp, I am leaning more towards the Suzuki due to its more modern EFI engine. I had also read the Honda has had some instances of timing pulley failure.

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Well yes huge in terms of in the living room but you will appreciate the size when at sea compared to a smaller SIB.

Re engines also consider the new Tohatsu and Mercury 20s which are now efi models too.

As we've often said on here proximity to a decent dealer for servicing to keep the warranty up is a big factor with OBs.
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Hi, thanks all for the replies it looks like I have made my mind up anyway. The reason behind wanting to see it in the flesh is mainly the size, I think I have watched every YouTube video on the T38, but when I stride it out on the floor it looks huge. It will be split between carrying 2 adults an possibly a dog, and 4 adults and fishing gear.
After again lots of research I narrowed the engine choice between the Honda 20hp and the Suzuki 20hp, I am leaning more towards the Suzuki due to its more modern EFI engine. I had also read the Honda has had some instances of timing pulley failure.

Tony
I used to get 3 adults and 3 full sets of scuba gear (tanks, buoyancy, weightbelts, fins...) plus an anchor box and other kit in a 340 and take it on the sea.

A 380 would carry 5 people (which means 5 people comfortably in reasonable conditions) so I guess it would easily carry 4 people and a sensible amount of fishing tackle.

The basic rule of inflatables is you always want a smaller one when your transporting and storing it, and you always want a bigger one when you're using it. It's always a compromise.
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I had a honwave 3.2 airdeck and was more than happy with the quality of construction although my first one had to go back because of a faulty air floor it was exchanged without fuss and the replacement was perfect
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