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Old 12 October 2012, 11:42   #1
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Honwave vs Seapro HD

looking at getting my first boat , most likely a 2.7m as can only really afford a 6hp engine. Can anyone help with a recomendation for a make ? got about 800 to spend. Will mostly be riding solo around ,looking for a light /tough little boat thats quick and easy to set up. Had fancied the solid bottom bombard AX300 compact but its only rated as design class D compared to most others which are C. Any help greatly appreciated to stop me making any expensive mistakes. Thanks
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Old 12 October 2012, 12:20   #2
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Just my opinion because I have one but a 3.2 meter for within you budget.

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Old 12 October 2012, 12:31   #3
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Thanks for the reply, they look really decent. Just worried a 6hp fourstroke may be a bit gutless on it if i wanted to plane 2 up on occasions?? rather have a smaller boat for ease and if it went better with a 6hp .Anyone else any recomendations?
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Old 12 October 2012, 12:37   #4
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I've had my Sunsport 3.2m with mercury 6hp since May and they work well together. They were doing deals on boat and engine together through Barrus network. Worth considering.

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thanks ,good insight. Does it ever feel underpowered when fighting tide or if you have 4 people in? Cheers
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Mostly it's me and my lad in it doing a spot of fishing. So I've not had a full boat load to carry. I've managed 17mph in it on my own with minimal load and it feels fast enough to me but not sure if I would risk it in a chop. Tidal streams are not particularly strong here. I'm a fairweather sibber with a fairweather boat and for that purpose it works well.

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Thanks for the reply very usefull. I plan to boat off anglesey, tides can run up to 8 knots in parts ! i do probably need an 8hp but not really keen in the big increase in weight and price from the 6hp engines .
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two stroke? Better for SIBs in my opinion. Just make sure you don't get one that is too old.
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two stroke? Better for SIBs in my opinion. Just make sure you don't get one that is too old.
What he said

OP - I have a 2.7m and believe me when I say: it is VERY small

For the use you describe, I'd suggest going up in size to 3.1/3.2m and looking at the biggest 2 stroke you can afford (8 or 10hp)
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A 6 HP will move better a larger sib than a smaller one, the worst investment is to buy a small sib and after some outings and poor performnace realize you needed a larger size. Don't go under a 320 or will bore you soon, can choose an air deck, wooden, alum floor, which ever flooring suits your needs and budget.

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