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Postby Froglet » 16 Apr 2018, 20:13

Hello all

Fabulously informative forum. Been doing lots of reading and thought I’d better join in.

I recently bought a 2nd hand Honwave T38 ie1. It came along with a 25HP Mariner Marathon, a trailer and various bits. The whole lot is in decent shape, but has seen a fair bit of use so I’m bound to have loads of questions as I bring it up to scratch. I’ve already found a few things that are less than ideal, but the boat has held good pressure for the last couple of weeks and the engine runs well (only ashore so far) so those are the main things.

Prior to buying the Honwave I’d been buzzing about the Thames and sheltered bits of North Norfolk coast in an Intex Mariner 3 with an old Archimedes Penta 5hp. I would describe the Intex as being the upper end of the “blow up toy” market, but I’m quite fond of it. It’s nice and light, but a flat bottom and screw-on transom hanging off the back meant some questionable handling. The little 70cc 2 stroke engine has been totally reliable while I’ve had it, but it dates from the early 70s so just slightly older than me. When I acquired the Archimedes, I know it hadn’t been run for at least 20 years, but after a quick check over and some fresh fuel it started on about the 10th pull. After that I stripped and cleaned the carb and fuel pump and retro-fitted a kill cord, then it was good to go.

I only live a few minutes from the Thames so that’s where the new boat will see its first adventures in my ownership. I have my eye on a nearby lake as well, but fear the fees may be a bit steep. I have the insurance sorted and the Thames registration is submitted, so once the current swollen flow subsides I’ll be out for a little potter about. The Intex would struggle to even reach the speed limit. I’m concerned the Honwave may be slightly the opposite. ;-)

After that who knows? I’m not really a fisherman, but I do have a little bit of very basic kit and a brother in law with lots of fishing experience. I like a bit of a snorkel so have vague fantasies about boating around some of the more inaccessible bays down in Cornwall. And I’ve spent some memorable times exploring the West coast of Scotland by motorbike and would love to see it by boat. Sadly the two are not particularly compatible….. although… sib in car, bike on trailer? Hmmm, looks at bike trailers on eBay…


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Re: Hi there

Postby Martin » 16 Apr 2018, 20:58

Hi Simon, great to have you aboard the forum.
The T38ie is a cracking boat, I also used to own the series one and they are very well built.
That’ll go like hell with a 25 stroker on it so be very very careful on your maiden voyage.

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Re: Hi there

Postby Paul » 16 Apr 2018, 22:40

Hi there Simon and :welcome to the forum :)
Great introduction and from the sounds of it you've got yourself a nice setup there 8-)
You'll not go short on ideas or help on here as the Honwave's are proving to be a very popular indeed :thumbsup
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Re: Hi there

Postby Steve » 17 Apr 2018, 07:38

Hi Simon and :welcome

Hope you enjoy your new T38 - you should have some cracking adventures...


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Re: Hi there

Postby Paul B » 17 Apr 2018, 08:07

Hi Simon. And welcome to the forum from a fellow T38 owner :welcome
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Re: Hi there

Postby warder54 » 17 Apr 2018, 12:20

Hi Simon and welcome. Make sure your floor is well up to pressure after being in the water for 10 - 15 minutes, if it's not you will have some "interesting" handling and planning problems :-)
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Re: Hi there

Postby Andy B » 17 Apr 2018, 12:21

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