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HonWave Inflatable Boats

Available to order from Ardoran Marine Ltd
Call 01631 566 123

Inflatable Boat Guide

1. Please read the Owners Manual supplied with the boat and adhere to the safety advice before taking to the water for the first time.

2. Always visually inspect the condition of the boat before each use.

3. Maintain the correct inflation pressures during use.

4. Inflate the chambers and the floor as per the Owners manual instructions.

5. Ensure the floor and stringer sections are correctly fitted to prevent any movement (aluminium floor models only).

6. Ensure that your boat is dry when packed away after use. Your boat should not be left exposed to UV light for long periods.

Protection, Cleaning & Maintenance

We recommend that your HonWave is cleaned after every use with soapy water. The material is sensitive when brought into contact with items such as oil, gasoline, asphalt, talcum powder and UV light for periods of time. If you wish to moor/transport your boat we recommend that you provide it with adequate protection from the elements. When cleaning, avoid waxes or alcohol based products as these may damage the inflatable tubes beyond repair. For further information and recommended cleaning products contact your Authorised Honda Marine Dealer. A HonWave cover is available to purchase from yourAuthorised Honda marine Dealer.

Air Pressure

It is essential that the air pressure is checked for the safety and optimum performance of any inflatable boat. Before every use we recommend that you check the inflation pressure of the boat using the manometer gauge provided. Do not use an electric pump. A stirrup type hand pump is available as an accessory from your Authorised Honda Main Dealer.

Inflation Pressure Test

No inflatable boat in the world is 100% airtight. All boats leak and the only question is how much? Any pressure tests should be conducted with the provided manometer and/or a precision pressure gauge such as a water column gauge. During all tests allowances must be made for differences in temperature and atmospheric pressure. Permissible pressure loss guide:

Pressure Test* 5% 10% 15% 20% 15% 20%
Time Test (Hours) 6 20 6 20 6 20

mce_marker*This states the permissable percentage loss from the stated air pressure. This is then measured alongside time, of six and twenty hours. If your inflatable does not meet these stated pressures then please check that the valves are tight using the valve tool or contact your Authorised Honda Marine Dealer for further help.

Some notes about PVC

PVC is thermoplastic which means its properties will change during use and with temperature, namely, flexible when warm and more rigid when cold. The tube chambers are made from a five-layer mix of PVC film, adhesion film and polyester fabric as in the illustration below. Air V-Floor sections are constructed from multilayers of spacer threads, base fabric, airtight & chafer coatings as also shown below:

Towing and Storage

If your HonWave must be towed - before doing so remove all load. Passengers must not remain aboard. The towing cable must be routed through the side tender rings - the boat must be towed at a reasonable speed, and be under constant surveillance. The painter rope is NOT for towing. It is important that your HonWave be stored in the correct way according to the Owners Manual, if the boat is to be left outside we recommend regular cleaning and a boat cover to protect the boat and keep it in its original condition.

Repair Kit

With your HonWave you will have received an emergency repair kit which will include:

Three patches, Glue & a Valve Tightening Tool

For further information on how to use these tools please refer to your product Owners manual.

If your product is missing this item you must notify your selling dealer immediately, alternatively, to replace this item please contact any Honda Authorised Marine Dealer.

Product Registration - Warranty Validation

The Honda serial number (Eg; T27IE-1234567) is located on the specification plate inside the boats transom.

This is required when registering the boat for warranty and also when ordering any parts or accessories at your Honda Authorised Marine Dealer.

European Warranty Booklet

This booklet is supplied with your boat and includes information about your two-year parts and labour European warranty.

Parts & Accessories

There are a selection of HonWave parts & accessories available to compliment your HonWave inflatable boat.

Bow bags, seat bags, boat covers, additional seats & wheel kits are all available from your Authorised Honda Marine Dealer along with replacement oars, foot pumps and repair kits.

Halkey Roberts Valve

Your HonWave is equipped with Halkey-Roberts inflation valves. The yellow button locks the valve to prevent any leak.To deflate the boat, push the button down and turn it through a quarter turn clockwise. The valve will lock in the down (open) button. To inflate the boat, push and turn the button through a quarter turn anti-clockwise. The valve will lock in the up (closed) position. This allows for boat inflation. Upon the first and subsequent inflation of your boat please check that all the Halkey-Roberts valves are as tight as possible and that all their caps are attached. The operating pressures are labelled around each valve. Remove these caps and insert the valve tool and turn to tighten. This should be done regularly.

On all AE models (aluminium floor) the air pressure in the tubes secures the floor in place, if the pressures aren't maintained, the floor may start to move and this could then lead to damage.

Checking Halkey-Roberts Valves

It is likely that your HonWave will be used seasonally and therefore spend some of its time deflated and packed away. As with anything that relies on internal pressure to maintain its shape and integrity, air has to be retained in various chambers of the boat and the introduction of an inflation valve is always likely to be the point where air might escape.

If you find, that on reinflation, there is air escaping in the vicinity of the Halkey-Roberts valve then there are some simple checks you can do prior to contacting your Authorised Honda Dealer. To confirm a leak is present, use a weak soapy water solution around the valve to see if bubbles are present. If bubbles are detected from inside the grey valve collar (5), the seating ring (1) might not be sealing fully. If bubbles are detected on the outside edge of the collar then the grip between the two halves (4 & 5) onto the PVC may be insufficient or the surface of the PVC could be dirty or distorted. Using the valve tightening tool, separate the two halves of the valve and inspect the PVC around the aperture (both inside & outside), and the mating surfaces of the valve halves.

A good clean of the areas shown below can be achieved with some soapy water and a soft cloth. Do NOT apply any sealer or bonding agent to any of the components. Ensure the tie cord for the valve cap (6) and, in the case of inflatable floor sections, the woven strands of the spacer are not trapped between the mating surfaces.

With care and using the correct methods, resealing leaking valves is a simple process and can be dealt with quickly. It is refered to in the Owners manual also, and is part of regular maintenance checking.

By Ardoran Marine