Originally Posted by RichardS
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!