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I have the Honwave 380, with the high air pressure floor/keel. Nice size inflatable for a family to mess about on.
Essentially we are a family of four adults. The boat until now has been powered by a 7.5hp Johnson, which goes well with one, or two people aboard, but understandably struggles with four!
I am wanting to get another engine. Can anyone suggest whether a two-stroke 15hp engine would get four adults planing in this boat? I have seen a nice tidy engine and like the idea of the 35kg weight of it, provided it will do what I ask of it, or am I better going for the much heavier 4 stroke 15 or 20hp Tohatsu?
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Yes it will plane with a 15hp 2 stroke and 4 on board. A few years ago I had a Honda 32 with a Mariner 15 and it did around 22kts with 4 and 25kts with 2.

It's a good choice of engine, much better than a 4 stroke in this type of boat. The only engine that would be even better would be a 18hp 2 stroke Tohatsu, but they are very sought after and rare.
 

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i bought a 15hp 4 stroke 2010 mariner and all is good and it will fly on a 3.3 metre inflatable floor.it weighs in at 50 kg which i can lift in and out of a landrover.would not like to carry it far but if your engine is to remain on the honwave and is trailable weight is not to much of a problem.a 20 hp is the same engine with a few modifications.i prefered to have the 5 year warranty on a new engine but you can pick a couple of year old one up a lot less.the 2 strokes are cheaper and lighter but i would personally go for the largest hp that the transom can take as the engine will not be so strained as a smaller lump.
 

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That sounds good. Thanks for the reply. Do outboards generally come fitted with kill switches these days?


I'd think they all do since late 1980's/early 1990s What make model and year have you been offered. It should easy to check
 

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I have the Honwave 380, with the high air pressure floor/keel. Nice size inflatable for a family to mess about on.
Essentially we are a family of four adults. The boat until now has been powered by a 7.5hp Johnson, which goes well with one, or two people aboard, but understandably struggles with four!
I am wanting to get another engine. Can anyone suggest whether a two-stroke 15hp engine would get four adults planing in this boat? I have seen a nice tidy engine and like the idea of the 35kg weight of it, provided it will do what I ask of it, or am I better going for the much heavier 4 stroke 15 or 20hp Tohatsu?
Suggestions, advice welcome.
I ve got one with a Mercurey 15;never actually even used it yet, so cant comment on the performance.
Dont want to suggest I am a wuss, but the engine is very heavy. Forget about lifting it anywhere at all.
 

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I'd think they all do since late 1980's/early 1990s What make model and year have you been offered. It should easy to check

I've seen a very tidy s/s 15hp 2 stroke Mariner, 2004 model, offered for £1700 - is this a reasonable price? Hesitant at getting anything heavier as engine will need to be carried on the transom while trailering tthe Honwave inflatable. Your thoughts please.
 

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Thank you for looking that one up for me. It gives me food for thought on what is being asked for that Mercury.
 
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