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t40 or t35

Postby Tellum » 09 Aug 2017, 11:45

I have decided to get a alloy floor sib this weekend ,and sell my t38 air floor. feel it would suit me for my fishing, and it will be on the trailer full time. I am keeping my 20hp Honda to go on the back. question is t40 or t35? Iam thinking the difference in size of the t35 compared to the t38 with it sloping bow shape is only minute, and I think it would make a nice fun boat with the 20 hp on the back. the 20 hp on the bigger t40 would do the job or wouldn't there be much difference in performance?.i don't want to by the t40 for the extra space I might need if I am going to want a bigger engine in 6 months. it would only be needed for 1 up fishing, on occasion may be with my daughter and river trips with myself my wife and daughter.
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby mattswan2512 » 09 Aug 2017, 11:59

The t40 with 20 is supposedly faster than the t35 with same power according to honda due to the hull or something.......? My friend has the t35 i had the t40 and id go t40 alllllll day. The tubes are bigger and sooooo much drier than the t35. The T35 is a capable boat but the T40 is just tougher and more stable and more rugged.
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby Tellum » 11 Aug 2017, 18:56

Well saw the t40 in the shop set up ,looked good.Its now back in my shed waiting for the build tomorrow. Got a trade in on my t38 had to put 399 towards the new t40 was happy with that,hopefully wont have to modify the trailer to much. Also got the next 2 weeks off work.....happy days. cheers
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby mattswan2512 » 11 Aug 2017, 19:18

Enjoy buddy!
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby Paul » 11 Aug 2017, 20:41

mattswan2512 wrote:Enjoy buddy!


X1 :thumbsup
Let us know how you get on with yoiur new setup please :idea:
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby Tellum » 13 Aug 2017, 20:20

Well the trailer as been altered to fit the t40,its all built and on the trailer. I am glad i only got to build it the once. Fit the fish-finder/GPS, rod holders ,compass and transducer tomorrow and hopefully out on Tuesday
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby Paul B » 13 Aug 2017, 20:27

Hope it suits your needs better than the T38' :thumbsup
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby Paul » 13 Aug 2017, 20:27

Tellum wrote:Well the trailer as been altered to fit the t40,its all built and on the trailer. I am glad i only got to build it the once. Fit the fish-finder/GPS, rod holders ,compass and transducer tomorrow and hopefully out on Tuesday

Aye mate they're a brute of a boat in weight and setup time :( but they're a great boat out on the water and very capable :thumbsup
I'm sure you can now understand why most owners trailer these about ;-)
Have a great maiden voyage Tuesday and please report back :thumbsup
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby Rossymtb » 14 Aug 2017, 21:09

Hi Tellum. Can I ask why you weren't impressed with your old t38 v floor?
I'm going either t35 or t38 and I have no choice but to throw it in the van when towing my camper. So thought t38 would be a good idea?
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Re: t40 or t35

Postby kaman » 14 Aug 2017, 22:11

Hi Rossymtb
I've got both Honwaves you mention - here's my tuppence :D
My 3.5m ally floor is permanently on a trailer as it is a heavy and PITA to put up, take down and clean etc.
I have rigged it out with auxiliary engine, fixed DSC VHF, multiple 12v charging points, bailer pump, rod holders, bow storage box and 28ah battery, fish finder, plotter bow dodger padded floor, 3 x anchors, kitchen sink etc etc.

Even before I made all the mods to it I found the prospect of setting it up even the basic ally floor Sib very off putting hence I built a trailer after 8 months ownership. I then cracked on with modifying it.

The 3.8 air floor lives in a bag in the shed and goes away with me when I take my caravan.
It's a blow up and go affair only addition is a fish finder and 7ah battery that I charge off the outboard.
It's ready for action in 10 - 15 mins out of the bag with the use of a 12 volt pump.
I use a Tohatsu 20hp 4 stroke to power both sibs.

The 3.8 is definitely the quicker of the two sibs - it is considerably lighter.
It is still faster than the 3.5m when loaded with 2 passengers compared to me on my own in the 3.5m - I think this is due to the hull on the airfloor being more efficient.....?

The 3.8m does have a bit of flex.
I see this as a positive attribute as I find it less harsh on the bones in choppy waters than the ridged ally floor.

A few guys have complained about the floor bulging and rippling when under way etc.
I can't say I have had these issues- although I will say there is slight movement in the air floor when rattling along in choppy waters at 25mph + as one would expect.

If as you say it's for chucking in your van then there is only one logical choice to my mind, and that is the airfloor.
It is lighter and will take a fraction of the time to set up compared to the ally floor.
If your like me you would soon tire from wrestling and setting up the ally floor sib.
Both my Sibs have transom wheels which make life so much easier for my needs.
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