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.

 

 

 

We decided to make a few boat videos before we started fishing, showing the performance of the Yamaha 9.9hp 4 stroke.  Now was a good time as there were no other boats about to get in the way of.  I did a few laps around the harbour with my wife recording the footage.  I wanted to check how quiet the engine would be for slow trolling.

The day was supposed to be for fishing and we tried all the usual spots but after a couple of hours of blanking, we didn’t even catch any Coal fish which was a let down as we always catch them.  We even tried to find the wreck called the Glanmire which was apparently a mile or so offshore but with my GPS giving me false readings we gave up on that idea and headed back closer to shore.  

Footage of the Yamaha 9.9 HP and the Honda Honwave T38 at sea.

I noticed a bit of a problem with the floor of the Honda Honwave T38.  Whenever we got to a certain speed the floor would start to raise in the middle and air would be sucked under the boat and the outboard would seem to leave the water.  You can hear this in the following video.  I have since researched this issue and according to some of the forum posts on Honda Honwave inflatable boats,  it’s quite common on airdeck boats, especially the Honda Honwave T38.  The key is ensure that the air deck is fully inflated to the recommended psi.  This sounds quite simple but you need to allow for the water temperature and the drop in pressure that will follow as the air condenses within the floor.  It is recommended that you use the boat for 10 minutes then recheck and adjust the pressure accordingly.  I’ll know for next time.

 

 

 

By midday we decided to return to the harbour as we weren’t catching anything and we’d been out for around 5 hours anyway.  We had the Yamaha 2.5hp 4 stroke outboard in the van so now seemed a great time to give it a run out.  I’d never tried it on a boat that big so was keen to know how it would perform.  

 

 

 

Honda Honwave T38 inflatable boat setting off

Honda Honwave T38 inflatable boat at St Abbs harbour

Obviously it was not designed for a boat that big but I wanted to use it only as a backup engine anyway so I needed to see if it could push the boat along at a reasonable speed.  Here are a couple of videos of the runs.  It performed well under the calm conditions of the harbour but I know it would struggle in rougher conditions.  I’ll maybe keep a lookout for a 4 or 5 hp to use instead but I do like the compact size and lightness of the Yamaha 2.5.  And weighing in at only 17KG it can be carried easily unlike the Yamaha 9.9hp 4 stroke (40KG or so).

For Honda Honwave inflatable boats: http://www.honda.co.uk/marine/products/inflatables/overview.html

First time out in the Honda Honwave T38: https://stufishing.com/day-honda-honwave-t38-ie-inflatable-boat/

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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