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Old 22 April 2014, 18:09   #1
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Newbie first outing a success :-)

Followed all the advice gathered from trawling the site and happy to report our first outing went very well
Inflating the Prowave 380 air deck with the recommended Bravo pump was perfect.
With the BF 9.9 Honda (long shaft....more later) hung on the back, the heavy duty launch wheels attached, myself and my lad wheeled the lot 40m from the car park down to the launch site at Eastney Southsea without any problems.
With my lad aboard I pushed the rig the last 3-4m into the water, jumped on board with him rowing us out enough to drop the engine.
Fired the motor up to get us out a little to release and turn the launch wheels into their up position and then away experimenting we went.
It was soon discovered that the fat bloke (me) was best sited sat on the very front to get it up on the plane and when it achieved it went very well.
We went up and down the estuary with and against the tide and I'd estimate a top speed of around 20mph and the handling was good with very little water over the front and no water over the transom that I had read about.
Had a great time fooling around and the only difficulty I had was returning the launch wheels back to the down position as those pneumatic tyres do try to float while you're trying to get the locating pin back in to come ashore
Really enjoyed the new experience of the SIB over the solid fibreglass boat we previously owned but now need to think about replacing the unsuitable long shaft Honda for a short shaft motor the boat was designed for.
The Honda has been fantastic in every respect but funds are 'tightish' so what are your thoughts on a new Tohatsu 20hp?.......or should I start another thread for this with respect of reliability and speed expected over the current set up?
I should add that mostly it's just me and the lad out fishing but we're a family of 5 aged from 16-56 and like a trip out once in a while.
Thanks to all with all the info I've gathered and any comments gratefully received
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Old 22 April 2014, 18:12   #2
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You need a 2 stroke 15, budget £1200 for a nice one.
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Old 22 April 2014, 18:47   #3
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Welcome to the Prowave club!
It's a very elite club, I think there is 4 of us now.

A 15hp 2 stroke would be a good choice as max says.

Coincidently I have one for sale.
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Old 23 April 2014, 01:12   #4
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I'm a relative newbie and have this week been giving my outfit a blast on ullswater. The outfit is a quicksilver 380hd with a new tohatsu 20hp. Main reason I went 20hp was so that we could tow a ringo in the warmer months. We've had 2-5 people out this week and I've been impressed with tohatsu, not that I've much previous experience to compare it with! We paid £1900 for tohatsu, and if I had to make decision again, I would still have gone tohatsu. Thing to watch is the weight!
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Old 24 April 2014, 17:50   #5
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Welcome to the Prowave club!
It's a very elite club, I think there is 4 of us now.
Blimey that's a low 'head count'.
I know very little about this SIB stuff but looking at various other boats these Prowaves seem quite well built and the quality of craftsmanship ok, so why are they not that popular?
How long have you had yours and what's your views on it so far?
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Old 24 April 2014, 17:56   #6
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Many thanks Max, lockieboi and apritch476 for the above comments
I've done some further research and trawling and I think I'm going to go the 20hp Tohatsu route.
I've never had much luck with 2 strokes in the past but no issues with 4 strokes and think I'd kick myself if I didn't purchase the max rated motor the boat can take if I'm forking out this kind of money.
The weight difference of the 20hp Tohatsu over the 9.9hp Honda currently in use is only 3kg more for double the horse power which surprised me and 'swung' my decision in the end.
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Old 24 April 2014, 18:12   #7
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Blimey that's a low 'head count'.
I know very little about this SIB stuff but looking at various other boats these Prowaves seem quite well built and the quality of craftsmanship ok, so why are they not that popular?
How long have you had yours and what's your views on it so far?
Thanks
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Ive had mine for about three years now. I have the Ali deck version which is serving me well.

It is however a generic import from china with a label glued on. If you look at the Europa and Cpro range they are all identical.

To be honest I wish I paid an extra few quid and got the Honwave as the resale value will be greater.

But ignore me and enjoy your SIB, it should go very well with a 20 on the back.
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Old 26 April 2014, 18:31   #8
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Ive had mine for about three years now. I have the Ali deck version which is serving me well.

It is however a generic import from china with a label glued on. If you look at the Europa and Cpro range they are all identical.

To be honest I wish I paid an extra few quid and got the Honwave as the resale value will be greater.

But ignore me and enjoy your SIB, it should go very well with a 20 on the back.
Thanks for your thoughts and info
TBH I'm just happy that I've bought a new air-deck 3.8m SIB of seemingly good quality/build/performance and a new 20hp motor for a total outlay of £2400 which I think is great value for 'bang for your buck'.
We'll see how I get on
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Old 27 April 2014, 02:32   #9
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Welcome to the Prowave club!
It's a very elite club, I think there is 4 of us now.

A 15hp 2 stroke would be a good choice as max says.

Coincidently I have one for sale.
Make that 5 😁 I have recently bought a 380 HPV and run with a Johnson 15hp 2 smoke. Really happy with it and further more saved £300 when Johnathon was selling off last years stock. Bravo pump essential for the floor.
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