Honwave Boat 8

Our tender for use to and from the boat sheds.

2.7m Air V-floor inflatable. Capacity: 3 persons. Fitted with streamlined oars, lifting hooks. Bow and stern ropes. Inboard one-way drain valve. Radio holder. Petrol tank securing system.

  • Lives on a hand trolley in the log cabin.
  • Launch/Recover from the main concrete slipway.
  • Make sure engine is in the 'UP' position when moving & putting in/off the water.
  • Helm sits on the 'starboard' side (marked 'sit-here') and crew must be positioned appropriately to balance the boat.
  • Leave berthed during the day on the powerboat pontoon near the shore, ready to 'go'.

The Engine

MFS6CS, 6hp. Long Shaft.

Forward, neutral and reversal gearing. Manual choke, Oil pressure failure warning sound.

  • Manual tilt UP - With the lever in forward or reverse gear position, fully tilt the motor up toward you by holding the tilt handle provided at the rear of the top cowl. Then slightly lower the motor for locking into position
  • Manual tilt DOWN - With the lever in forward or reverse gear position, slightly lift higher and access the tilt lever mechanism holding the engine up. Release the engine and lower into working position.

Petrol Tank

Standard unleaded petrol from the stainless steel cans

  • Use can number 8
  • Tank should have TWO kill cords. One remains on the can handle as an emergency 'spare'.
  • Under 'normal' circumstances the tank only needs to be half full.
  • Make sure tank air valve is open when in use and closed when back into storage.
  • Tank should be secure to the Honwave using rope and clip. THIS IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT
  • When on the water, fit petrol lead to engine and use in-line 'prime' pump'.
  • Put the kill cord on the engine and fit it to your LEFT leg

Starting Procedure

Cold Start

  • Ensure fuel-line is 'primed' and engine is in neutral.
  • Pull out choke knob fully.
  • Set the throttle to 'START' position.
  • With one hand on the engine and the other on the pull-cord give it a firm pull outwards. DO CHECK YOUR ELBOW IS NOT GOING TO HIT SOMEONE IN THE FACE!
  • When engine starts play with throttle, but do not over-rev.
  • As engine warns-up slowly push throttle in (on very cold days this may take 5 mins).
  • Do not be tempted to release from the pontoon and move off without pushing choke in and the engine running smoothly. You will almost certainly stall the engine when you put it in gear and it may not start as you would have 'flooded' the engine.

Warm Start

  • Problems arise because petrol runs back down fuel-line when the boat has been standing idle for sometime, therefore ensure 'prime pump' is used before reverting to the choke.
  • Choke is not necessary when the engine is warm. Set the throttle grip to 'RE-START'.



Someone has to do it! ......the sponsons/floor may need pumping up.

There is a large specific foot-pump for this job. It is kept in the petrol store.

The floor and sides are at different pressures. This means the 'air out' lead on the foot pump needs to change position depending on what you are pumping up. There is a gauge available to check the pressure but generally if it is pumped up hard, this will suffice.

Hot Tip 1

At the end of a days racing put all the petrol cans and radios from the rescue boats into the Honwave and use it as a 'wheelbarrow' to bring up it all up to the petrol store!

Our workhorse craft that provide our main rescue cover. Find here a reminder of how to look after them. How to set-up for the day and putting them to bed!
Mainly a training instructors resource with good observation seating for helm. Good manoeuvrability and simple controls.
Our tender for getting to the boat sheds. Look after this boat and it will make your job a lot easier.
Rescue Boat
Briefing reminders, equipment list, setting up, rescue reminders ... and more!
Committee Boat
A big beast of a thing. You really, really should know what you are doing before jumping in the deep-end! Start here!
Safety Boat Equipment
Pictorial page relating to the MUST HAVE equipment for a Hollowell Safety Boat.