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Old 11 May 2021, 14:27   #1
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Honwave transom plate alignment

I've recently purchased a new Honwave T30-AE3 and tonight I was about to fit some wheels.

However, on measuring up I've discovered that the engine plate on the transom isn't centred. It's 12mm offset.

Not hugely clear in the photo but if you look at the triangular gap between the tape and plate you can see difference. Also the alignment with drain hole is off.

I've taken loads of measurements from different reference points and it's definitely out.

Not sure what to do. I suppose it won't make a difference to engine drive but it's a bit annoying for a £1000 boat.

Has anyone else experienced similar issues? Am I being fussy?

Thanks
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Old 11 May 2021, 14:41   #2
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12mm or 6mm?

It would bug me too. Every time I looked at the stern, accentuated by my perfectly centralised wheel brackets.

The answer is to unscrew it, plug the holes with epoxy and re-fit it in the correct position. Or at least as near as possible while ensuring the transom plate is mostly covering the old holes on starboard side.
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12mm.

I thought about moving but it's both sides and would leave a lot of holes to fill. Not sure I should have to after spending £1000 either...?
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12mm.
Ok. It looked like 12mm would move it 6mm too far in the other direction.
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Old 13 May 2021, 12:25   #5
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It would annoy the f.. ck out of me!
Warranty return? Or is it too late for that?
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Old 13 May 2021, 15:25   #6
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Such a shame and an utter annoyance. The outboard plate looks to be un level also but that could be the photo.

It's probably a victim of China Syndrome. Massive cost savings on manufacturing bit quality control nets off a chunk of the savings when you unload the pallet and have to sling a percentage of the goods in the bin.

It's such a minor issue and doesn't impact on use but as you say, it's brand new and shouldn't be like that.

Personally, I'd speak to the vendor and explain that it needs to be replaced. You have your statutory right to reject under the 14 day rule. The vendor might prefer to throw some cash back to not have the hassle but I guess the risk is that the vendor argues that he can't get you a replacement until winter. Which is why I'd first cheekily phone up as a new customer and ask if they have them in stock.
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Speaking of Honwave quality issues the inflatable keel seems to have cracked the forward wooden floor piece on my two year old Honwave 3.5AE
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Depends on how much power and what cavitation height your going to run at. You might find it handles better with an offset to starboard.
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quick update on this - the dealer was very understanding and said he would refund me or replace. I really just want a replacement but problem is they can't get them at the moment and can't tell when they will be able to...

as it happens I was at another marina last weekend and they had Honwave boats. Had a chat to the guy there and we measured up the T27 they had in the showroom. The transom plate wasn't centred either! Over an inch off centre. Makes me wonder whether I should just keep mine..
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12mm or 6mm?

It would bug me too. Every time I looked at the stern, accentuated by my perfectly centralised wheel brackets.

The answer is to unscrew it, plug the holes with epoxy and re-fit it in the correct position. Or at least as near as possible while ensuring the transom plate is mostly covering the old holes on starboard side.
As you probably wouldn't be able to get a replacement this year, I think I would be doing as Limecc has suggested, or get the dealer you bought it from to do it.

Quality control at Honwave doesn't appear to have improved.
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Old 09 June 2021, 12:09   #11
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Yep I'd make a nice DIY job... ask the dealer for a freebie to cover the hassle.. and not give it another thought. Had to move the one om my Elling a little but the plate covered the filled screw holes as it wasn't that far.
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Old 09 June 2021, 14:04   #12
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It might be off set to counteract torque and driver weight as they see it at the manufacturers
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It might be off set to counteract torque and driver weight as they see it at the manufacturers
If that's the case, and it does sound very plausible, you'd have thought the dealers would have been informed about it.
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I would think that they had a jig for this kind of stuff to save time. Dealers um how many shops do you go in and the spotty-sales lad knows nowt about a product, lots of boat websites don’t have a lot of detail even hand books are lacking in info.
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Dealers um how many shops do you go in and the spotty-sales lad knows nowt about a product, lots of boat websites donít have a lot of detail even hand books are lacking in info.
Very true
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