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Old 18 July 2013, 08:48   #31
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Hey James - I'm also Bristol based and looking at buying a Honwave T35 AE at the moment, very interested in your experiencing tootering around Bristol Harbour as these are the first waters that I'd like to venture into!
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Old 18 July 2013, 09:37   #32
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Just checked that campsite on google maps looks like a cracking destination! I could have a couple drinks and not have to worry about driving the motor too, how long would you say it takes to get from the campsite right through the harbour? And to be honest I'm use to the slow trips up and down the river, as long as the suns out im happy!
Hi Sergeant sounds good mate! To be honest I have not yet launched from the harbour I lower the boat in from the bank on feeder road and usually head up towards beases tea gardens, checkers, jolly sailor ect, but I sometimes head into town its good fun and theres a few nice places to stop off for food & drinks, also you can see a painting of Banksys thats only viewable by boat so keep your eyes peeled
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Old 18 July 2013, 09:48   #33
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Hi Sergeant sounds good mate! To be honest I have not yet launched from the harbour I lower the boat in from the bank on feeder road and usually head up towards beases tea gardens, checkers, jolly sailor ect, but I sometimes head into town its good fun and theres a few nice places to stop off for food & drinks, also you can see a painting of Banksys thats only viewable by boat so keep your eyes peeled
Ahhh sounds good, is it tricky to launch like that? I wouldn't have wheels or trailer of any sort at this stage - sounds quite fun, so you can go all the way from the feeder road stretch into the central harbour area? I'm assuming you need to pay the license and day-insurance too? Sounds fun!
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Yes you can, and I've asked the local marinas and aparently its not compulsory to have insurance or anything in our district, its all down to the area I believe but as you know im quite new to this also and for 46 for a years insurance thanks to the chaps that recommend Craftinsure you can't go wrong! Launching the boat is easy with two people the hard part is lifting the outboard in and fitting it! I have a 15hp four stroke so its heavy and very awkward, not at all ideal. What outboard do you have?
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Yes you can, and I've asked the local marinas and aparently its not compulsory to have insurance or anything in our district, its all down to the area I believe but as you know im quite new to this also and for 46 for a years insurance thanks to the chaps that recommend Craftinsure you can't go wrong! Launching the boat is easy with two people the hard part is lifting the outboard in and fitting it! I have a 15hp four stroke so its heavy and very awkward, not at all ideal. What outboard do you have?
Nothing at the moment, I'm at the point of purchasing the boat first, the outboard will come second

I'm actually looking to purchase the same boat as you T38IE2 - but need to transport it either in the car or on top of it on roofbars - I'm not fond of the idea of inflating/deflating every time so preferably would keep it inflated and transport it on the roof - have you tried this?
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Inflating or deflating isn't an issue if you have the correct pump. A decent footpump from a RIB or SIB supplier with a large gauge will be surprisingly quick. Esp in the deflate mode, which is what I assume you are wary of doing. A surprising number of people don't use the pump to deflate but simply roll their boats up or roll on them etc.
It means you can chuck ( carefully place ) in the boot, just don't lay the OB on top straight away, let it cool or place it on a board.
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Yes, I have an estate and thats what I do but its only a very short trip from my garage to the feeder you can do it if you drive slowly but again its not ideal.
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Fair point. My trip was 220 miles and it only ever took under 15 minutes from boot open to underway and vice versa. As long as you've got the sequence correct and haven't left any stringers behind (ahem!).
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Thanks guys, sounds good - I was worried about the damage that inflating/deflating all the time might do, but then I guess it can equally stress the boat if its left inflated. Can you get away with only partially deflating it?

I'm tied between the 3.2 and the 3.8, generally it'll only be two of us onboard but its nice to have lots of room, and to have the capability to carry lots of people at times! I don't suppose any of you are unwrapping yours anytime soon to take a look? No-one stocks them locally to look at, very frustrating!
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I'm tied between the 3.2 and the 3.8, generally it'll only be two of us onboard but its nice to have lots of room, and to have the capability to carry lots of people at times! I don't suppose any of you are unwrapping yours anytime soon to take a look? No-one stocks them locally to look at, very frustrating!
Here is a video of the 3.8 , it gives you an idea of size, I wouldn't be to keen on putting it on the roof of a car though, it's a bit big for that IMO...


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