I was on the lookout for a larger second boat. I had the Seapro 340 which was great for solo use or maybe taking out one other but for taking a few more people out I needed something bigger. I’d already discounted the aluminium deck boats due to weight so a larger air deck boat would hopefully do the job. After a bit of research online it was clear that the largest air deck model available was the Honda Honwave T38. We are talking a couple of years back now. A quick search online today shows a 4.2 metre air deck boat made by Excel, the Volaire 420 which may be more suitable. I also recall a similar sized air deck boat from Seapro but it’s not listed on their website so maybe they no longer produce it.
Anyway, back to the Honda Honwave. The Honda Honwave T38 inflatable boat was priced about £100 more than the Honda Honwave T40. This was fine with me as long as it did the job and made my life easier in terms of setup and transportation. I purchased this boat online from Seamark Nunn and waited in the next day for delivery.
On arrival I was keen to set this up but the weather was not great outside so my front room became my boat yard for the day. It didn’t take long to inflate using my rechargeable pump but the pump did struggle a bit with the air deck at .80 psi pressure. The pump began to overheat a bit towards the end but to my relief it completed the task. Now I could sit back and observe my new toy.
I left the boat inflated over night just to test that there were no leaks anywhere. In the morning to my surprise one of the tubes had gone soft so there was a leak somewhere. I was most annoyed that a brand new boat would have a leak so I contacted the supplier to talk about getting it swapped under warranty. He explained that it was quite common for the valves on these boats to need tightening before first use so after a quick tighten with the supplied valve key the problem was resolved.
To test out the boat we went to Redcar UK, my usual testing grounds due to ease of access and a nice flat sandy beach. We took the fishing rods as well and combined the boat testing with a days fishing. The only outboard motor I had available was a Johnson 6hp 2 stroke which performed well on the boat considering there were two of us on board and all the fishing kit, a large cool box and supplies etc.
The whole set up was squeezed into the back of my estate vehicle.
We use a rechargeable air pump to blow up the boat. It takes about 10 minutes in total.
With the boat now ready it was time for the launch. The launch wheels weren’t great as there was too much play in the brackets causing the wheels to fall inwards. Not very stable but did the job. Please note these were not genuine Honda launch wheels hence the issues.
Here is a video taken during that first day out showing the speed of the Johnson 6hp 2 stroke. Not super fast, but more than adequate for us.
Now for some fishing. We headed out to about a mile or so then dropped some Cod Daylights to try and pick up a few Mackerel. My partner had never fished before so I was keen for her to catch.
I was the first to catch. A trio of Mackerel.
Not to be outdone she caught the same only a few minutes later.
It was also my wife’s first time fishing so she got a bit excited when catching her first Codling.
We both caught a few more Mackerel and Codling then headed over towards South Gare to stop for lunch. Of course we took a few more pics.
We headed in after lunch. Then came the worse part, the packing away.
I’ve been out quite a few times since in this boat and it’s never let me down.
Good points: large at nearly 4m long, lightweight at 40kg, easy and quick to set up, well designed (carry handles in the right places), easy to clean (integrated floor ), packs down into a small space.
Not so good points: Needs a bit of weight up front to keep the nose down, the V shape floor and raised front make the front 3 feet unusable unless you buy a front bow bag.
Check out the Honda Marine website: https://marine.honda.com/
For an aluminium floor boat check out the Honda Honwave T40: