Hon­wave rigid floor DINGHY & out­board

Yachting Monthly - - GEAR OF THE YEAR -

Get­ting to and from your boat is one of the riski­est parts of sail­ing. Hav­ing a sea­wor­thy ten­der is es­sen­tial, but it is al­ways a com­pro­mise be­tween the size of the dinghy in­flated and its size and weight for stowage when de­flated. We tested the Hon­wave T24-IE2 dinghy with a rigid in­flat­able floor, cou­pled with the Honda BF2.3 air-cooled four-stroke out­board. The dinghy’s V-hull and large di­am­e­ter tubes cre­ated a boat with high free­board and ex­cel­lent sea-keep­ing qual­i­ties. For its diminu­tive size (2.4m), we felt com­fort­ably above the wa­ter and stayed dry in al­most all con­di­tions. It was slightly bulkier when stowed be­cause of the floor, but this felt like a worth­while com­pro­mise. www.honda.co.uk/ma­rine

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