Originally Posted by office888
I would compare the 3.5m Honwave to the 3.5m Zoom by Zodiac...they are almost identical in the engineering and build, since they are both 100% glued.
Yes I would agree.
We run a 2012 Zodiac Zoom 3.5 Alumin. bought new for under £800 from BMC (list price £1595). Chinese built, fully glued Strongan pvc and complete with wafer thin Zodiac ply transom.
Bear in mind I am comparing this to an £800 boat but to date has been, and is, faultless. Now in its fourth season, max 20hp motor strapped on, usually found towing kneeboards or bouncing around in the surf. If it fell to bits tomorrow, we've probably already had our monies worth, but in fact it still looks and performs as good as the day we unpacked it. The glued seams are always a potential problem but how we look after it can maximise their life. We also have an Aerotec, and for a short while an F-Rib 375, which despite their considerable cost have been far from perfect!
Scarily, the new Zodiac Cadet 3.5 referred to above is, apart from the obvious benefit of welded tube seams, a carbon copy of the Zoom. Retail price has come down also.
If the Honwaves are anywhere as good as our Zoom, and in fact look even better put together, then for £800 - £1000 seem really good value.