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Old 10 May 2014, 18:06   #51
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Not fussed about towing. Just want best air deck boat to vary 3-4 on plane. I thought Honwave was the one but some saying a 3.8 it's a bit flimsy
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Old 10 May 2014, 18:20   #52
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Search, search, search! Spend an evening or two scanning back over this specific (SIB) forum from past couple of years and you'll find countless hundreds of posts on all these options.
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Not fussed about towing. Just want best air deck boat to vary 3-4 on plane. I thought Honwave was the one but some saying a 3.8 it's a bit flimsy

Plenty of threads on here regards this subject.

The Aerotec 380 is anything but flimsy, its simply the best sib out there
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Old 11 May 2014, 03:35   #54
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Better than the Honwave?
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The Honwave is a good boat, and with the right pressure in the floor it performs well, but when fully loaded and with the bigger engine options, you will get some 'ballooning' in the rear of the air floor. Its not a problem, but its not perfect.

The Bombard 380 is in a league of its own for V air floors, actually its all the zodiac group boats that are in a league of there own. The floor in the Bombard is completely rigid, even at full load and speed (The Zodiac Futura FR is just as good, but flat floored and not quite as good in chop). The Bombard 380 is pretty much the best fully portable sports sib out there.

But perfection isnt cheap, a new 380 is a lot more expensive than the Honwave. If you can stretch to a new 380,its the way to go or If you are quite handy and dont mind the odd repair, buy a used Bombard for the same money as a new Honwave. If you want new and budget is 1k, buy a Honwave, I dont think you will be dissapointed.
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What is ballooning? Looks like it's the Honwave or the bombard.
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The pressure of the water under the hull pushes the V floor upwards, you end up with a hump at the back of the boat.

As I said its not dangerous and really only happens on decent boats if you have an under inflated floor or have the biggest engine at WOT and a full boat. Its a well known problem with all V floor boats, some are better than others, the Bombard is the best by a country mile.

All boats are a compromise and you will never find perfection, its doesnt matter how much money you have you always have to make some compromises. Even Eclipse had compromises with her hull design (to fit the underwater doors for the sub allegedly ).

The trick is to buy a well respected brand (all of the ones named over the thread meet this requirement) and then if you dont like it or fancy a change you can sell at very little loss.
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The only boats to steer clear of, if you intend fitting a transom mounted transducer for a fish finder, are the ones with the extended trim tabs.



But as I say, only if you want to fit a Fish finder.
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Good to know thank you! Anyone know of a show that has a lot of SIBS that could be tried. What's the routine after finishing for the day. Do they need to be sprayed down with freshwater.
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What's the routine after finishing for the day.

I take every thing out, flush the engine, tilt the boat up on its cones and hose it down. Let it dry off, whilst filleting the fish and put every thing away.
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