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Old 07 February 2008, 15:41   #41
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I dont think you can sit on any SIB tube when the going gets rough.
I have a set of the buoyancy cushions that yachties love in their cockpits.
They lift me off the floor about 3 or 4 inches, and buy tying them to the side of the tube they dont slide down the V of the floor.... so I can sit "inside" the Honda - and see over the bow. I see there is a set on Ebay at the moment for around 32.00.
I did try a tiller extension and sitting on the bench, but strangely enough it doesn't feel as safe as sitting down lower in the boat on these cushions.
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Old 08 February 2008, 05:13   #42
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I have a set of the buoyancy cushions that yachties love in their cockpits.
They lift me off the floor about 3 or 4 inches, and buy tying them to the side of the tube they dont slide down the V of the floor
Can you post a link for these, sounds interesting but I couldn't find anything like what you describe by doing a search on fleabay
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Old 08 February 2008, 05:21   #43
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here you go ...
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=360003383333
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Looks like a good idea!

Spoke to the chandlers this morning and my new boat's ready for collection so gonna pick it up later today

Hopefully get down to bristol docks tomorrow for a test run
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brilliant news... always exciting get your hands on a new boat.

post some pics when you get her rigged and running!
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Took the new Honda out for a quick trip around the docks on Saturday, first impressions are that the build quality seems excellent, it appears to be a solid build and also a little bigger than I expected

Went ok with the 15hp but I it think would definitely benefit from a bigger engine. What I was quite (pleasantly) surprised to find out was that, although all specs for the boat listed online state it can take up to a 20hp, on the transom AND in the handbook it says 25hp!!

Needless to say over the next few months I'm gonna look for a 25

Don't seem to be many shortshafts around atm, might post on the wanted board for a cheapish 25hp
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Took the new Honda out for a quick trip around the docks on Saturday, first impressions are that the build quality seems excellent, it appears to be a solid build and also a little bigger than I expected

Went ok with the 15hp but I it think would definitely benefit from a bigger engine. What I was quite (pleasantly) surprised to find out was that, although all specs for the boat listed online state it can take up to a 20hp, on the transom AND in the handbook it says 25hp!!

Needless to say over the next few months I'm gonna look for a 25

Don't seem to be many shortshafts around atm, might post on the wanted board for a cheapish 25hp
presume you got the 3.2
You surprise me with the power rating My 3.8 iam sure was only rated to 20hp but i think it would have taken a 30 2t ok . i think honda rate them for the wieght of thier own engines more than power TBH and they don't do 2 strokes although their 20 is the lightest out there for a 4 stroke .
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No after initially ordering the 3.2 I then had 2nd thoughts and upgraded to the 3.8
I was also surprised to see it rated for a 25, especially as a 25 4stroke could weigh in at around 70kg.
Wouldn't mind trying to tow a wakeboard behind it in the summer and don't think I'd have any chance doing it behind anything smaller than a 25.

As well as my '05 Johnson I've also got an '88 Johnson 15hp which I might try to swap with somebody(any takers? - cash either way). Might have to aim for an older engine, maybe a late 80's or early 90's
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No after initially ordering the 3.2 I then had 2nd thoughts and upgraded to the 3.8
I was also surprised to see it rated for a 25, especially as a 25 4stroke could weigh in at around 70kg.
Wouldn't mind trying to tow a wakeboard behind it in the summer and don't think I'd have any chance doing it behind anything smaller than a 25.

As well as my '05 Johnson I've also got an '88 Johnson 15hp which I might try to swap with somebody(any takers? - cash either way). Might have to aim for an older engine, maybe a late 80's or early 90's

30 2 stroke could be good fun but a bit hairy alone in the boat .
Those boats are so light with just one person in , mine almost flipped with a gust of wind while flat out on the river . I felt it go very light and all the bumping from the water stopped and i shut the throttle quick just as the bow bagan to lift
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good news that you got the boat and got out.
I chcked the plate on the transom of my Honwave 3.8 and it says 20hp max.
Maybe they uprated the transom on this years model?
I felt the 15hp was a bit flat so thats why I went for the Yam 20.
It is a heavy engine though and am no9t sure I would want to go any larger.
I think the 25 and the 20 Yam 2 strokes are the same weight....but I had concerns about invalidating my insurance by exceeding the makers specification for outboard. You should bear that in mind. Bristol Docks are I imagine a flat piece of water.
My advice..take the boat out into the Bristol Channel in a bit of chop. I doubt that you would use WOT at all.
If you get time post a few pics....
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