Originally Posted by kaman
I'm onto my third season with my honwave 35ae and can't fault it.
I am able to weld and fabricate metal and have made various accessories for the honwave, including trailer fish finder brackets and rod holders.
I have a tohatsu 2011 20 HP 4 stroke and a Suzuki 2011 2.5hp.
I have been getting more adventurous lately and feel that I need an auxiliary engine queue the addition of the Suzuki as backup.
The transom is too narrow to mount both at once so I'm currently working on a metal bracket to mount the Suzuki on the outside of the tubes.
I have gleaned a lot of good ideas over the past few years from this site and some from my own imagination.
Once the weather picks up and the honwave comes out of hibernation I will post photos of the honwave and the add ons should they be of any benefit to fellow sibbers.
With the best will in the world one may think that they can assemble these boats and add heavy engines to them at the waters edge, as time progresses you get hacked off inflating, assembling deflating packing unpacking washing and repacking.
Most people will move onto transom wheels and alas the dreaded trailer!!!
Further to my original post I would like to add......... when the sea turns rough its always good to have a big engine to push against strong tides and big waves.
I had a Plastimo 3.3 with Johnson 2.5HP for three years prior to acquiring the Honwave three years ago. This set up never let me down. In rough strong tidal conditions it was slow returning to port, but I doubt I would have wanted to go much faster at times, nevertheless an extra bit of ooomph would not have gone amiss should it be required.
Last summer I foolishly ran out of petrol four hundred yards from port. Unfortunately for me and my old man there was a strong tide receeding out from to sea. Coupled with a wind blowing from shore out to sea we were unable to row against the tide/wind for even 400yards.
I got out the spare petrol can and began filling/priming the tank/engine. It took afew minutes or so to get the engine up and running. Despite the fact that my old boy was rowing furiously against the elements we drifted quarter of a mile out to sea!
I carry flares and a vhf radio and wear self righting life jackets etc etc.
This outlined to me that a set of oars is not a back up system of propulsion for all conditions.
In many instances the elements will not conspire against so much and you will be able to row ashore to safety without calling mayday!
I have used my 2.5HP Suzuki as the main engine on my Honwave 35ae and it really toiled on one occasion against a strong refeeding tide at the Mull of Gallowa. This area is renowned for strong tidal surges. Nevertheless it pushed through it and got me to port. Therefore I see thus as the minimum back up that I would be happy going to see with on my SIB.
This highlighted to me the need for an auxiliary engine regardless of how far from shore you are going!
Once i have fabricated my auxiliary engine mount I will post pictures.