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Old 10 April 2016, 10:55   #1
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How do you transport your SIB?

So keenly following FirstRIB's foray into the SIBing world and transport options with a Ford KA someone comment on how I transport using a bike rack... Well, here it is:

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In past threads there was also discussion about roof-top carriage so likewise, here's how we've been transporting on holiday for journeys up to about 7 miles at up to about 45mph:

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Believe it or not I've not yet had my SIB in the boot of the car, does it even fit with the engine in too? Who knows?
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Not seen it done like that before ! (On a bike rack, quite an overhang!)

Inflated on the roof is fine particularly short low speed journeys
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Visibility barely impaired unless I'm trying to plane spot and there is no overhang on the bike rack, in fact there's about an inch spare before the light board. The only minor issue is the bike rack option does put bring the tail down quite a bit.
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Hi Stigomery,

Is that a T38? And also if I remember rightly I read you were considering a Excel 360.

I'm also considering both models and wonder what swang you to the Honwave?
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Hi Stigomery,

Is that a T38? And also if I remember rightly I read you were considering a Excel 360.

I'm also considering both models and wonder what swang you to the Honwave?

Yup, that's the T38 and I must say up front this is my first SIB so I have nothing to compare it with.

I was originally considering between a RibEye TS400, an ally floored SIB or an inflatable floored SIB. The RibEye was quickly ruled out because I fancied the option of trailerless boating, then reading (and watching YouTube) about how inserting floors in SIBs can add time/complexity/frustration to boat building (this had to be easy and quick - impatient wife), the decision was then what inflatable floored model.

I read a lot of reviews and searched the web for "new" deals that would entice me. I also needed a dealer near me for servicing etc. Which again narrowed down the options. I eventually settled on a local dealer who was doing the Honwave plus 20HP Honda plus launching wheels for a good price, hundreds less than any other online competitor so the deal was done.

So I couldn't say it was simply down to boat choice... Dealer, location, price, reviews, servicing, etc all got factored in...

Am I happy with the Honwave T38? Definitely!

It transports quickly and easily. At a push we could ferry 4 adults and 4 small kids on the river/harbour. Takes no more than 25 minutes from parking to motoring off from the slip. It's pretty damn good.

I have one small gripe... It's impossible to keep clean. The floor and tubes just seem to attract mud!
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Richard are you considering the flat air floor Excel 360 model?
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Yup, that's the T38 and I must say up front this is my first SIB so I have nothing to compare it with.

I was originally considering between a RibEye TS400, an ally floored SIB or an inflatable floored SIB. The RibEye was quickly ruled out because I fancied the option of trailerless boating, then reading (and watching YouTube) about how inserting floors in SIBs can add time/complexity/frustration to boat building (this had to be easy and quick - impatient wife), the decision was then what inflatable floored model.
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Looks like we're coming from the exact same place.

I'd thought about the Ribeye (370 version) as it looks lovely and a proper rib would be nice. I'm limited to roof rack and boot though as in London I have no where to keep a trailer.

I think it would be possible to transport a Ribeye on the roof rack, but at 64KG I'd struggle on my own. I'd also struggle to justify storing a true RIB at our London flat, even in the back garden, it's quite a lump.

I went to the local Honda dealer today, sadly didn't have a T38, but did have a T40 and T35. Wow, they look great and plenty big enough, the T40 was colossal!

I'm really liking the idea of the Honwave over the Excel at the moment. Honwave looks a lot more modern and 'sporty'. Although the Excel does have a rugged utilitarian charm about it.

Only thing putting me off is reports of the hull flexing at speed. Not a problem on the Thames, but planning on inshore as well and might be a problem then. Then again maybe it won't be a problem at all, they seem very popular and people seem to love them.


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Yes, or possibly the 390 version as it's pretty much the same but 10cm longer and wider.
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Believe it or not I've not yet had my SIB in the boot of the car, does it even fit with the engine in too? Who knows?
If I'm not mistaken roof limit for many cars is about 50 kg.
This is exactly weight of the T38IE2.
You have hook. Why do not invest small trailer and tow SIB and engine ?
I think you can secure engine by some wood or any other thing (HONWAVE manual do not recommend to tow engine on transom).

I have big van but HONWAVE and BF20 took all free places (we are 5 persons family). If I keep HONWAVE definitely will use trailer next time



Or use below mentioned trailer to tow deflated SIB plus engine:
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