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Old 20 April 2012, 09:59   #1
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On The Brink

Hello All
As the title indicates I am just on the brink of purchasing a sib. After spending hours on the net and weighing up the pros and cons ie:- trailer or not , ally floor or air floor etc. I think I have come to the conclusion that a 3.5 to 4.00 metre air floor with a 15/20 hp.four stroke would do the trick.
My question to you is would I be able to manage a 20 hp.motor on my own and launch on my own. Do any of you do this on a regular basis or do you think i may get brassed off doing this ? I am clogging on a bit ( very young 55 ) but am itching to get back on the water after many years of landlock , but now idealy located in Bournemouth .
My preference is Honwave 3.8 with 20 hp. but am open to any suggestions from your vast experience.
Thanks in advance for any input.

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Old 20 April 2012, 10:07   #2
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Hmmm- honwaves - great boats but not the lightest ...dare I suggest the consideration of a Bombard 380 Aerotec with a 15 2 stroke yamaha.....and good launching wheels ....

I have the boat with a 25 which is a tad heavy and I'm a sprightly 30 something .....

Poole & Christchurch are the ideal spots for these sort of boats...Am hoping to get the boat out in the next few weeks as I too live in Bournemouth so when I do you are welcome to come and try lifting the 25 .... there are some pics on here somewhere !
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Old 20 April 2012, 10:08   #3
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My preference is Honwave 3.8 with 20 hp.
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Get a trailer, or at least an outboard trolley and transom wheels. A 20hp 4 stroke isn't light.
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Old 20 April 2012, 10:39   #4
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I had one with an 8hp Mariner 2 stroke and I would not want to carry it too far, dread to think of what a bigger engine would do to my back.

What about the Futura on the for sale section, surely a much better boat than a Honwave/Bombard?
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Old 20 April 2012, 10:51   #5
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What about the Futura on the for sale section, surely a much better boat than a Honwave/Bombard?
A tad heavy ? and its in Blackpool .......but still a nice boat..

I'm assuming its not going to be trailered ?
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Old 20 April 2012, 12:45   #6
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on the brink

Thanks for the input to date.
Nos ;- yes would definately have launching wheels.
Peter M :- dont fancy trailer at all and storage may be a problem depending on other residents. Would like to see your aerotec and try lifting engine at some time, thanks.
The Futura looks nice but is a long way and possibly to heavy to manage.
Thanks for your idea's please keep it coming.
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Old 20 April 2012, 13:10   #7
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As Pete says 20 hp four stroke is pretty heavy to lift . 15hp-25 two stroke is really the limits for a lift easily
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Honwave yes 20hp of any make mmmmm a big no it is just under 50kg by the time you add the oils for the Honda and a few more kg for the Mercury.

I would also add that 20hp on that boat is a lot so though happy to quote on the package I think you would find this overkill unless you had a huge need for speed.

oh if you dont need the slightly bigger tube size of the honwave I did have a play in a few seaswifts that we put one of our Honda 10hp on and that was a lot of fun.

We dont sell them but they are easy to get and are designed in the UK and are an English company.

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Old 20 April 2012, 16:03   #9
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I have not long had my first boat (Honwave T40 and Tohatsu 20 4 stroke) and I think you will soon get fed up with a 3.5 to 4 meter air floor with that size engine. The tohatsu 20 is really too heavy for one person to carry and if laid flat has to be kept with the tiller side up to avoid oil damage, getting it in and out of a car like that would be hard work. The Honwaves aren't much lighter at that size either.

The pump that came with my boat is next to useless, it is impossible to get a good seal with the valve and when you switch to the high pressure output it takes ages to get any air into it.

I bought a Snipe inflatable boat trailer for mine (Snipe Trailers and Cradles) and leave it inflated with the engine on most of the time. If you don't want to tow then I would consider a smaller engine.

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Old 20 April 2012, 16:08   #10
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opps, I mean't if laid flat must be kept tiller side down.
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