Testing the Honda Honwave T38 and Outboards at St Abbs

We’d been planning to return to St Abbs for a while now but the weather always seemed let us down during my days off.  The forecast for the weekend ahead looked promising so we packed the van a couple of days early ready for a quick getaway if the conditions remained calm.  Surprisingly they did so we set off around 4am on the Saturday morning.  The journey was expected to take the usual 2 hours but took slightly longer, as due to a change in vehicle I was in a slightly slower transit minibus.  We arrived there around 7am as we stopped a couple of times along the way to take a few pics.  My wife wanted a pic at the England – Scotland border.  We had with us my Honda Honwave T38 inflatable boat and Yamaha 9.9 outboard motor.

Welcome to Scotland

On arrival the place looked deserted apart from a couple of locals and the tide was quite high up which was perfect for launching the boat.  

St Abbs harbour Scotland

At low water there is a drop at the bottom of the slipway so launching and landing are only possible from half tide up to high.  The slipway barrier wasn’t locked so we were able open the barrier and drive the van close to the slipway.  We set up the boat in about 45 minutes then moved the van into the proper car park.  We made a boat assembly video for my Youtube channel as I’ve had people asking me to show the complete setup process from vehicle to waters edge.

 

7 thoughts on “Testing the Honda Honwave T38 and Outboards at St Abbs

  • May 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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    What is the box you have in t38 honwave as locker I have same boat
    Thanks
    Simon

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    • May 7, 2017 at 8:54 am
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      Hi simon,
      It’s just a Coleman Xtreme cool box bought from Amazon.co.uk. I can’t remember the capacity, possible the 100QT model.
      Regards
      Stuart

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      • June 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm
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        witam czy ten model 100QT jest ok do honda wave t38 ?

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  • May 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm
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    Hi Stuart
    I am considering buying the same boat and engine (9.9 Yahmaha) as yours for my expedition vehicle. Is there enough power from the engine to have fun in the boat as well as using it for fishing? Also is the engine too heavy to carry to and from the vehicle or acceptable.
    I’ve really enjoyed watching the videos you shoot.
    Cheers
    Alan.

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    • May 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm
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      Hi Alan,

      In my opinion the Yamaha 9.9 4 stroke is too heavy to be lifting in and out of a vehicle. I can manage it, just, but I know sooner or later I will do my back in. It 43KG and an awkward shape to handle. I’ll be downgrading to a 6hp (23kg) next year as speed is not a priority for me, my back is. To have real fun you need a 15 or 20hp engine which are too heavy for me. If you don’t mind mixing oil, the 9.9hp Mercury 2 stroke I used to own was very nippy. I wish I’d kept it now. There’s a video of it on my Youtube channel. To be fair I’ve not fully tested the 9.9 Yamaha properly yet as the Honwave T38 air deck wasn’t fully inflated in my St Abbs videos due to the cold water temperature causing a pressure drop in the floor. Another issue with air deck boats. I’ll hopefully be testing the Yamaha 9.9 again this weekend in my Honwave T40 so look out for the video. Good luck in your boating adventures.

      Regards
      Stuart

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  • June 1, 2017 at 4:13 am
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    Hi Stuart
    Thankyou very much for that. I understand and appreciate your comments exactly.
    I will take a look at the upcoming shoot!

    Cheers

    Alan.

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  • July 5, 2017 at 9:14 am
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    Hi
    What portable inflator did you use in the top video? The one’s I keep coming across seem to need a 12v supply.
    Cheers, Glenn

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