You're all very helpful!
The Honwave 3.2 on Ebay ends in an hour still 1 bid at £300
There is a Bombard Aerotec on ebay (foam fill floor) for £400 no one said good or bad for this? Boat still rolls up but floor is fixed size - I don't mind that part
***I'd forget it***
Glow has his Honwave which he seems to say is better for boating with people vs a Bombard Areotec which is more suited to one person?
***Honwaves are nice SIB's but if it is a solid floor model then the usual caveats apply - heavier, harder to carry, much more faff to set up. Aerotecs like all SIB's are great with two, less roomy with four (surprise!) but work great either way (like *any* 3.4 to 3.8 SIB regardless)****
So many choices... (Seems like a gap in the market to make a SIB boat that has a decent keel, rides well, has a turned up bow, is roomy and light) I've prob stirred a hornets nest...
****The exact boat you describe is already made TBH - the Aerotec - check the sticky - ***
I'm in touch with an outboard trader who cleans, tests, services before selling. He should be able to sell me a 15hp Yamaha or Mariner for around £500
****Seems too good to be true and if he makes a living from it, why would he? The market rate for a late model, 15 hp big name 2 stroke is £1000 to £1250****
Most package deals I've seen either feature a teeny engine or are small. I'm not overfed but I'm 6'2" and would at least have the gf with me so 3m or a bit more seems sensible
Outfits are listed all the time, plenty of 3.4 ish SIB's with 15's appear for sale frequently - on here, eBay, B&O, smaller sites etc***
Are the Honwave / Bombard dinghies made to take a short shaft engine?
What's the longest thread on here, surely I'm in with a shout ;-)
****Not even close!
- all your questions and similar are the most asked on here down the years (hence the sticky), have a search for endless similar topics and you'll see lots more advice too. ****