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Old 22 June 2012, 00:31   #1
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Hi guys,

new to all this so be nice.
i want to get an inflatable, generally for inshore fishing for bass but also towing one of the kids on something. i have seen a honwave t38ie with 25HP 2 stroke mariner engine for sale that really looks like it has been looked after.
i guess i am asking..
is the t38ie and 25hp 2 stroke a good choice
will it pull a kid on a toy
and any tips to help me on my way

i have sailed quite a lot before, never been motorised...
any thoughts appreciated.

cheers
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Old 22 June 2012, 02:50   #2
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Hi guys,

new to all this so be nice.
i want to get an inflatable, generally for inshore fishing for bass but also towing one of the kids on something. i have seen a honwave t38ie with 25HP 2 stroke mariner engine for sale that really looks like it has been looked after.
i guess i am asking..
is the t38ie and 25hp 2 stroke a good choice
will it pull a kid on a toy
and any tips to help me on my way

i have sailed quite a lot before, never been motorised...
any thoughts appreciated.

cheers
have you had a chat with Ian at Liverpool power boats, he sells how wave kit and gets a lot of good feedback on rib net, may give idea of the value of what you've seen as well
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Old 22 June 2012, 03:11   #3
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Just a few thoughts...

Are you thinking of using a trailer or carrying the boat deflated in the car? 25hp motor is heavy enough to get out of the car but gets near impossible if you need to carry it to the boat over sand/pebbles/rocks.

A Honwave 3.8 air floor with v-shape may not be the best surface to fish from... I'd prefer an alloy or wood floor for this but it will mean a much heavier boat.

Towing ringos etc usually costs a fair bit more in insurance... as does a 25hp over a 15hp as with many insurers it takes you from a 45 smallcraft policy to a speedboat/rib type at 150-200.
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Old 22 June 2012, 04:13   #4
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The air deck Honda is a good little boat. It should go well with a 25. As fenlander says, launching will be your main issue. If you are getting a trailer, get an alloy floor boat. The air decks (other than the bombard aerotec) are all a bit flexy and this does somewhat impact performance - I think there were a few threads about this on here a year or so ago when people found the air hon wave just didn't stay entirely rigid at speed.
If you want to pack it up every time (initially appealing but does become frustrating unless you really have no choice) then an air deck is perfect. The motor will be a heavy old lump though. Get some transom wheels so you can wheelbarrow boat and engine to the water, or a nice light 15. A fifteen will with some practice give a kid a decent ride in a ringo if the boat is lightly loaded. Be careful of fish hooks on an air floor if you decide to do some fishing from it!
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Old 22 June 2012, 06:12   #5
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And here's the next progression already.

if you make it into a decent fishing platform, you might find that rather than trailing an inflatable it's worth getting a small rib.
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25`s are a lot heavier , i think a lot of people would agree a 15 on 3.8/3.4m is the optimun set up ..i watched someone water skiing on a 15 ! ....though my advice is go with the largest possible..... some mariners were made by yamaha too! so that should be a good engine..transportability needs to considered as well ,a 15 is still heavy and i prefer to cart the gear around in a camping trailer or use my works pickup

insurance is a must but i guess it`s upto you to declare inflatable use ,i doubt if you injured a third party they wouldn`t pay out ..but i`m guessing any damage caused by one you`d be on a sticky wicket
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Old 22 June 2012, 13:45   #7
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Is the 3.8 Honwave better than a seapro360?

Thanks for the info.

I am not the smallest chap in the world, I am strong though so figured bigger is best...
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Id be going with a plywood floor option, it will add some weight, but overall it is perfect for what you need it for.
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Old 16 July 2012, 11:26   #9
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Hi, picked up last week...

Seapro 3.6m
20 hp 4 stroke mariner
Yellow 12v high pressure pump
Transom wheels

Bought
Flares,
Anchor, chain and rope
Life jackets
Fish finder/gps
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Found a small oil leak coming from behind the plastic cowl.... It's with Liverpool powerboats, hope to get it back very soon....
Haven't had it in the water yet...
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