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Old 21 January 2014, 02:15   #21
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If you're buying new the Suzuki DF15a or DF20a may be worth consideration. Both weigh in at 44kg and have the benefit of EFI.

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Old 21 January 2014, 02:25   #22
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For info, the Suzuki DF15 4-stroke short shaft is 44kg. I owned one of these with a Suzumar 360. It is virtually the same as the Honwave 3.5, apart from the tube cones, hence the extra 10cm.

The two were a perfect match but even with the relatively lighter weight, the motor wasn't exactly portable. Getting it from the garage to the car was okay, but much further was a struggle.

Just a suggestion:if you go down the route of carrying rather than trailering, inflate the boat as near to your car as possible, mount the motor and use transom wheels to get to your launch site.

I have owned the Suzumar 360 with Suzuki 15, a Honwave 3.8 with Honda 20 and a Lodestar 320 with Yamaha 8, and ended up trailering all of them.

Hope this helps rather than adding to the confusion!

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Old 21 January 2014, 05:24   #23
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we sell a lot of these for fishing ( ali floor models) and I would get launching wheels and and the 10hp as a package as you get extra discount. Dont get me wrong the Tohatsu is a great engine but the price difference is minimal if bought as a package so the Honda 15hp would be my choice.
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Old 21 January 2014, 06:12   #24
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Originally Posted by chris.moody View Post
You may want to visit a dealer and try lifting a 15hp 4s before you buy one.

Best post!
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Old 21 January 2014, 10:10   #25
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I get my (36KG?) zodiac air floored 3.6m fastroller the plane effortlessly, can do just under 15kts and maintain plane easily at 1/2 throttle with 2 adults and a child plus day tripping kit on board all powered by a 10HP mariner 4 stroke.

Best of all, I can launch and recover it myself (just) up a long launch ramp with mud at bottom as its fitted with transom wheels. The boat is inflated about 100 yards from the ramp and pushed/pulled with all kit and engine aboard although I do stop briefly during trip. A younger person would probably manage in one go.

It is nice to have a bit of help putting the outboard in the boot of the car at the end of a long day, but doable without. I have a trolly for outboard when wheeling around.
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Old 21 January 2014, 13:40   #26
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Hi all, I've just bought a secondhand honda 15hp and they are very heavy to lift. I'm 6ft4, go to the gym and I struggle. It's not just the weight, it's the awkward shape.

Personally unless you are very strong, I'd stick with the 10.
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Old 22 January 2014, 12:40   #27
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Absolutely awkward shape, because its weight is all at one end and you have to switch between one and two arms for lifts. I can carry a 5hp 4 stroke at 25kgs some distance on my hip a bit like I used to with the kids. My previous 15hp 2 stroke at 34kgs, I could carry carry with carry handle with locked arm, but lifting and bending arm was not fun. In essence you are doing a one arm biceps curl with 34kgs. I would not consider lifting a 15hp fourstroke from car to boat and back again on a regular basis. Ok if fixed and on a trailer.
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Old 22 January 2014, 13:25   #28
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Agreed with all said ,give one a lift they are very awkward. Launch wheels are a must and a 15 two stroke would be manageable most sibbers i know prefer them as they are lighter and have no transportation issues,loads of good advice in previous threads
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Old 23 January 2014, 11:47   #29
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thanks for all the replies, i think i will be buying a t35 with a 10hp honda outboard… will this be okay for mostly calm water fishing and will i be easily be able to get back in if i am in rough weather or going up an estuary with a strong current?

thanks all jack.
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Old 23 January 2014, 12:18   #30
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No problem with that package as long as you watch the weather. I see your in Cardiff area, I know it's a bit of a trek but Milford haven is great for sibs as it's sheltered from most wind directions and has lots of good fishing grounds. I go there when open sea is too rough for my honwave. Good luck with your I just know that when you get used to the honwave that your gonna want a bigger engine as she will take it with ease

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