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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Stoksey25 » 07 Dec 2017, 15:23

Here is our current Fletcher 1970 type 15 arrow
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Andy B » 07 Dec 2017, 16:59

Blimey, I had one of them too......lol
Although not in as good nick as yours. Mine never had the original curved screen so i had to make one.
Never did look quite right???

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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby PaulR » 07 Dec 2017, 18:55

Stoksey25 wrote:Hi and thankyou for everyone messages I have been using our boat from pwllheli and around abersoch area . Which has been great. I will be carrying 2 adults and 2 children. One 11 and one 7. I would like to do a bit of fishing and be able to drag it up on the beach on the wheels which is one of the main reasons for the change from the fletcher. Ours has a60hp mariner which is able to get along quite nicely at about 40 ish mph but not to bothered as long as it dosent take all day to get down the coast.ideally I would like to eventually tow a ringo or wakeboard too. I don't mind the towing of the boat either. I know it's alot but as you all have said I may aswell ask to see if anyone can offer advise . Thanks Neil.


Hi Neil
My requirements are very similar to yours and I have chosen the Honwave t38 with a 20hp outboard, from the you tube videos they look very capable of towing toys. My choice was between the foldable rib which many on here own but it all came down to budget as the F-Rib is more expensive. The Honwave is also a popular choice on here. Check out you tube plenty of videos on there.
I spent some time on a boating holiday in Abersoch, what a great place, I plan to go there again soon after my new boat arrives. I am sure some of the more experienced sibbers will give you plenty advice. There is a nice Honwave T32 in the for sale section of the forum but not sure if it will be big enough for your family. Good luck with your search.
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Si Crowe » 08 Dec 2017, 10:20

I think Fletcher's were the stalwart starter and IMHO one of the best handling sports boats money can buy... cracking deep V hulls, deep forefoot. And in alot of ways more practical than similar sized RIBS. bloody well built.
Mine had a 75HP merc slung on the back... to say she shifted is an under statement with 22p quicksilver SS prop.
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby chris moody » 08 Dec 2017, 10:46

A T32 is rated for 4 persons.

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PaulR wrote: ...... is a nice Honwave T32 in the for sale section of the forum but not sure if it will be big enough for your family. Good luck with your search.
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Stoksey25 » 08 Dec 2017, 12:45

What sort of speed would you be looking at with the max of 15hp on the back?
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Andy B » 08 Dec 2017, 13:30

Si Crowe wrote:Mine had a 75HP merc slung on the back... to say she shifted is an under statement

There was this guy I knew........ :o
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Can you imagine what it would have been like with a 150hp XR2 bolted to the transom???
Not me by the way, not even I'm that nuts! :D
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Paul B » 08 Dec 2017, 13:34

Stoksey25 wrote:What sort of speed would you be looking at with the max of 15hp on the back?

My T32. With the 15 hp on the back hits close to 25mph with me in it and I’m no lightweight eithe :lol:
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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Stoksey25 » 08 Dec 2017, 22:41

The other question is the difference in hulls or floors. What is the actual difference ?

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Re: Hi from Staffordshire

Postby Paul B » 09 Dec 2017, 10:21

Stoksey25 wrote:The other question is the difference in hulls or floors. What is the actual difference ?

Thanks Neil

Not really sure what you mean with this question Neil,

But on sibs generally there’s a few different versions of the floor area, Like my Honwave T32. Which has a high pressure airfloor which forms the hull shape, this gives the boat a nice deep cockpit and a smoother ride in the rough stuff, benefit of this type of set up is no extra parts to build up and it’s very quick to inflate

Or something like the Honwave T35 which has a sausage keel and floor boards, the sausage forms the hull shape and the boards keep it in place and give a flat surface inside the boat which means you can fasten items down easily, but the ride is a little more harsh in rougher seas also you have lots of extra weight and parts to store

That’s in general how the Honwave range is

Other manufactures such as Zodiac and excell have similar boats, but they do things slightly different with the air floor boats, they tend to use a sausage keel and a high pressure air mat for the floor,

Others will be able to add more to this, but hopefully I’ve answered your question :thumbsup
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