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Old 14 September 2007, 03:00   #21
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I had the honda 3.8 airdeck with a honda 20 . I chose it because the floor was the highest pressure and the deepest V . It was a great little boat but i wouldn't have wanted a baby in my arms in it in anything over an 18" chop , it felt safe but certainly bounced you about and both arms were needed to hang on .
The honda was I think the lightest 4 stroke 20 and a superb engine 47kg I think . If I bought another i would go for a 25hp 2 stroke because it hardly used any fuel anyway and it could have easily taken the extra power when loaded.
Best thing i ever bought for it was the Bravo Hi pressure pump with the pressure settingon the dial, the only way to get the floor to the right pressure 12psi !unless you have spare hour and big legs and its a must for deflating and storing in a car , well worth the money. although I ended up with it on a trailer as it was so much hassle packing it up every time .
That was a superb Sib. The only prob was that you started cruising with Ribs. Caja needed lashing to the floor in a bit of chop.
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Old 14 September 2007, 04:12   #22
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Tohatsu's website quotes 37kgs for the 18hp - the same as the 15hp and the 9.9 - obviously the same block.

My suzuki 15hp 4 stroke weighs 47kgs so I could have more power for less weight!!!
Not on this site! 41Kg!
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Old 14 September 2007, 04:26   #23
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The Tohatsu 18hp weighs the same as their 15hp!!!
Thats cos its the same engine, with better tuning (so my supplier told me who got something extra from somewhere on my To 15)
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Old 14 September 2007, 04:37   #24
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Thanks for all the great info so far

Completely agree about the babe in arms in a chop, I was planning to use it at Salcombe with the little one, and then as a bit of fun without the baby!

I've had a look at the Honda's, they seem to have a triangulated section from the sponsons to the transom, looks like they are to increase the engine weight the boat can carry? Is this correct or do they have a hydrodynamic effect too? Do Honda also produce a set of special launching wheels to go around this?

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Been there - done that !

When the children were small, we started with a 3m Tohatsu SIB and 5hp Tohatsu outboard - down in Salcombe. We went up to Kingsbridge, South Pool, Ditchend Cove, Frogmore, Sunny Cove - but pretty much stayed within the harbour limits since we were thrown about quite a lot even going round to Starehole Bay in a moderate chop. With small children (under 6) and the 8 knot harbour speed limit that was an ideal combination (since we don't have that much storage space at home - otherwise a RIB would be on the cards).

As the children got older they wanted to donut and water ski and travel further so we went to a bigger SIB (Zodiac 4.2m with a 50hp) - only because in theory I could deflate and put in the boot. First week out was a month ago and everyone enjoyed it - but the children are bigger and can hold on better ! We extended our range to Gara Rock (not very far) and Hope Cove/ Thurlestone on fairly calm days - but that is fine at the moment.

So I would question whether you need anything above 10hp if you are mainly going to stay within the confines of the harbour ?
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Thanks for all the great info so far

Completely agree about the babe in arms in a chop, I was planning to use it at Salcombe with the little one, and then as a bit of fun without the baby!

I've had a look at the Honda's, they seem to have a triangulated section from the sponsons to the transom, looks like they are to increase the engine weight the boat can carry? Is this correct or do they have a hydrodynamic effect too? Do Honda also produce a set of special launching wheels to go around this?

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completely true about the hard ride in the Honda, I have taken mine out in bigger swells and it rides better than in short chop. there is a triangulated section, an extension of the air floor, on the stern after the transom. I'm sure it helps the weight factor, but also has some trim tab qualities.
With the 20hp Yam 2 stroke on, I really thought the trailer was a lot less hassle, but have looked at the launching wheels idea. As far as I know Honda dont make any specific launching wheels for this model, but I have thought that it would be possible to make your own, with the support arms being sort of "L" shaped, and folding up and around.
I am seriously thinking about one of those small launching trolleys for the coming year.

I am also thinking I will take my SIB to Salcombe next holiday, as the SR4 struggled to reach the tops of the creeks unless in the HT window this year.
I echo what Mr Parkes said in his post...the Honda is a very capable SIB!
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The Honda Airdeck seems to be getting a great feedback, so I'll definately have a closer inspection at the boat show - just missed a second hand one in Somerset by half an hour!!!

I'm still not sure I 'need' a 15-20 hp engine... but the petrol head in me wants it Had to let go of the my Humber RIB so need a little bit of fun..

I've seen quite a few of you talking about a high pressure pump to inflate the floor - can this be used at a lower setting for the tubes, or do I need another gadget to save my legs?

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I have a 12v hi pressure pump that I use for the tubes, but it wont give enough pressure for the floor. I use a Bravo 10 for that and pump it up by foot! It really doesn't take that long ... maybe 10 mins ..to do both sides of the floor from flat.
I previously used a Mariner 15hp 2 stroke on the SIB, but found myself sitting at full chat wanting a little more out of the engine!!
The Yam 20 does give you a little more .. but fr using it around Salcombe..I'm sure a 10hp would be sufficient!
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Foot pumps are a waste of time and effort - what you need is one of the stirrup pump types. They typically sell for about 25 but if you go to a discount camping type place they are a lot cheaper - I paid 8 for mine and it's identical to the dearer models.

I can't keep stressing enough how important the inflatable swing up launching wheels are. I was lucky my boat already had them fitted - they are ESSENTIAL.

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I had pretty much decided the wheels were completely necessary, but having seen people use them in Salcombe this summer it confirmed my thoughts.

Codders - how long does it take to inflate yr boat with the stirrup pump?
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