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Old 07 June 2015, 12:55   #21
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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

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?

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...

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

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

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 ;-)
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Old 07 June 2015, 15:58   #22
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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

***Patience! 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?

***Yes***

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. ****
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Old 08 June 2015, 05:44   #23
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To support and add to Max's reply...

That Honwave finished at 331... bargain if it holds air fine... it will look loads better for a scrubbing down in the garden.

That Ebay Honwave... like the Aerotec... was an air floor so has all the same advantages of light weight, easy portability and quick setup time.

The Aerotec positives are that they might be regarded as the most sporting SIB made... performance/on water handling is their thing... and their negatives that may/may not be an issue for you are that...

They are very expensive new and keep their money well so you might have to pay double that of a more "ordinary" budget SIB.

Their V-floor doesn't suit everyone. They share this design with the Honwave air floors which have a similar but less steep angled floor. I choose not to have this V floor design preferring the totally rigid flat floor of wood/alloy floor SIBs or as our current compromise we have of the Zodiac acti-V with flat air floor and inflated keel underneath.

Agree totally re the outboard values. Any dealer will want 1000 plus for a 2001-2006 15hp 2-stroke and usually they will want 750ish for an older 15hp. Usually for a 500 15hp you are looking at a private sale unloved old/unpopular model of uncertain history.

As Max says keep checking Ebay etc every day for outfits within a distance you'd be happy to travel. Last year I bought my current outfit at a (low) price I'm too embarrassed to mention here... well shall we say I bought the outboard and the boat was almost free. It is an outfit that would... it seems... meet your need 100% so they are out there.
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Old 14 June 2015, 04:12   #24
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Morning all, I went ahead and bought a Honwave 3.2 without engine as a friend of mine is sourcing one

It's badged Honda Marine not Honwave http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...BAY-GB&alt=web which seems from other images I've seen

Generally tidy and a fair price, next stop the holy grail of an older well loved Merc/Marin 15 2t
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Cant seem to add the link properly so here it is

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...BAY-GB&alt=web
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Old 14 June 2015, 04:56   #26
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excellent choice I think you have got yourself a good deal there with the bravo pump as well takes all the fuss out of setting up I have one with a mercury 15 2 stroke and it fly's along if you can get your hands on a good 15 you will be well pleased
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Old 14 June 2015, 06:00   #27
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Should I be concerned it doesn't say Honwave on the side?

Yes BB looking forward to that day :-)
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Old 14 June 2015, 06:20   #28
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Agreed once you get a suitable outboard you'll have great fun with that. Getting the Bravo pump was useful. If you're going to use those lifejackets just remember to check the expiry dates on the canisters and the auto plug on the auto one.

No worry re the Honda Marine logo... it's the company name after all and I suspect they may have used that name until they thought of Honwave (which I think is too cheesy anyway). Yours is an earlier boat than any Honwave I've owned so I've not actually noticed Honda Marine on one... but look at the data plate... it shows the correct maker for Honwave/Honda Marine.
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Old 14 June 2015, 06:44   #29
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Thanks for that FL yes agreed when I heard Honwave I thought it a bit odd too, (cheesy exactly) somehow through hearing of their positives I've grown to like the name!

Chap says its a 2006 model used for two weeks a year by him/family and before that it was a tender to a bigger boat.

Will do re the inflatables, not a huge fan of autos as a splash of water could set them off. Next stop engine and then paraphernalia gathering!
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Lifejackets are another topic for differing opinions but do consider in the extreme event someone fell in and was unconscious, incapacitated or just disorientated they may not get to the manual toggle.

Bulky that they are self and daughters use foam lifejackets so there is no question of needing them to inflate or not... the Mrs uses an auto inflate and in a decade of varying sea conditions in smallcraft it's never gone off due to splashing.
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