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Old 08 November 2015, 15:15   #1
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Rib or polyethylene replacement for sib

I've been weighing up my options for upgrading my Honwave Sib possibly at the beginning of next season.
I can afford a replacement vessel at the moment but propelling it is a bit of a headache.
I was hoping my short shaft 5 year old 20hp Twatsoo 4 stroke which I've owned from new could act as propulsion for a year until I upgrade to a 30hp electric start longshaft on a tiller.
I've been looking at Whaly 435 and the Funyak 390.
I think both of these would be ideal for my needs.
I'm gonna have a look at both boats in the coming weeks and weigh up my options.

There's potential for me to get a Funyak this coming season if it is compatible with my short shaft twatsu - I think the wooden board / transom will need chopping down 5 inches or so to accommodate it tho.

However I'm not sure if the short shaft enginewill compromise the boats performance? Also the tiller may be too close to the floor for comfortable operation and there's the risk of splashing over the transom.
I've emailed Mortons funyak dealer and I'm awaiting a response on this query.

I've seen one in action this year and was very impressed with it.
Question is how much better are these rigid indestructible plastic skiffs than a Sib.
And how do they stack up against a small Rib?
Pros / Cons???
I am all but sold on the idea of a Polyethylene boat due to their robustness, ability to beach land without worrying about gel coat or bursting an air floor etc and general ease of maintenance.
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Old 08 November 2015, 15:22   #2
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Not the worst idea ever. Are you considering a NEW polyboat?

What I mean is, if they're THAT indestructible, then you could buy a well old one and upgrade the engine with the excess funds...


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Old 08 November 2015, 15:40   #3
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Yep that's what I'm thinking plastic fantastic ☺.
They are rare as hens teeth second hand tho.
There's one for sale in Devon - 1000 mile round trip for me.
I'm defo considering buying a 2nd hand boat - I've placed more importance on a new/ newer engine.
I will probably go for new 4 stroke again as my Tohatsu 20hp has been faultless.
I may keep the Honwave another year then upgrade both boat and engine in 2017.
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Old 08 November 2015, 16:31   #4
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What I mean is, if they're THAT indestructible, then you could buy a well old one and upgrade the engine with the excess funds...
They only appear very rarely on the 2nd hand market. Why is that? First there aren't that many around (relatively new concept in UK). Second those that are bought are often used as club rescue boats, workboats, etc and thus simply driven until they die - which they don't? Third would a used one be that much less (they sell used so infrequently the value is a bit of an unknown) than a new one (the hull itself is not that expensive, the costs are when you add extras)?

However if he buys a funyak and wants a bit of a tatty bench seat for it, then I have one going cheap - following my jockey upgrade!

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There's potential for me to get a Funyak this coming season if it is compatible with my short shaft twatsu - I think the wooden board / transom will need chopping down 5 inches or so to accommodate it tho.
I'd worry slightly about that, your engine won't be light (especially if you upgrade to 30), tiller steering your weight will be aft, and my gut tells me that a full 5" would see water coming over the back too often in some conditions.

I wonder if you'll need to go to 30HP though? I'd like more horses (wouldn't we all!) and I'd also like power trim - but I've managed about 10yrs with 20HP 2 stroke, usually with 2 adults on board (and often 2 kids), 2 anchors, a load of crap I don't need, enough fuel to last for days and a heavy console etc. If it was one man, one anchor, no console and minimal kit I would say 20HP is more than adequate. The only time I've thought it was lacking a bit was when a certain Irishman invaded with enough kit to start a colony!

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I've emailed Mortons funyak dealer and I'm awaiting a response on this query.
Just so you know there is a dealer in Inverness too. His website is ropey (390 rib style boat), and he is a one man band doing various things rather than the more professional outfit Mortons are. He was actually the first person importing Funyaks in the UK. He is unlikely to have much of a stock - but he *may* be able to point you to someone with a 390/short shaft tiller combo relatively local to talk to?

Of course the idea would be Mortons say they have a s/shaft demo boat and you can drop your twatsu on it to see how it goes.
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...was when a certain Irishman invaded with enough kit to start a colony!
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Old 08 November 2015, 17:23   #6
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Thanks for that comprehensive reply Poly.
You may well be right that a 20hp engine is enough - just fancy a bit more oomph.
Yours certainly looked lively enough with the yamaha 20hp - despite being loaded 2 up and carrying everything including the kitchen sink 😊
I'll give the Inverness boy a call tomorrow and see what he reckons on a short shaft.
Still keen on the Whaly 435 too.
It's a bit bigger and potentially could take myself and my old man and my mate fishing?
Don't know whether you reckon there is enough room in a 390 for 3 guys to comfortably go fishing?
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Still keen on the Whaly 435 too.
It's a bit bigger and potentially could take myself and my old man and my mate fishing?
Don't know whether you reckon there is enough room in a 390 for 3 guys to comfortably go fishing?
The Whaly looks good. I'd want to at least see one and ideally try one as it looks flatter bottomed but thats hard to say in pic/video.

I'm not much of a fisher-person, so its difficult to say how much space you need. Without the console in it - then (like most boats!) it certainly seems much bigger.

Possible - but cosy?

Those lateral benches / lockers are completely removable but do leave a funny indent in the plastic (Whaly have done a much prettier job of their 'indents')!
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Unless I'm mistaken then 3500/4200 are pretty much like "normal" boats rather than RIBs. What I *think* kaman is looking for is something that handles like a RIB but can be abused like a tractor. The Funyak/Whaley options he's looking at have tubes (they just are solid plastic rather than hypalon) and so if you try and roll the boat sideways the tube resists the roll as it would on a RIB. That gives you inherent stability. The 3500 has sides rather than tubes. The sides have air in them I think but the physics aren't as good as a tube.
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Had a look at the Smart Waves and whilst I think the 4200 looks cracking I am looking for something a bit more Rib like.
Spoke to Mortons - they have altered numerous Funyak 390's over the years to take a short shaft engines - apparently there are no ill effects to performance after 4 - 5 inches are chopped from the wooden transom board .
They can have one ready to rock by the end of the week on an indespension trailer ready to drop my Twatsu 20hp onto????????
Hmmmmm.
Decisions decisions?
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