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Old 18 December 2003, 18:13   #1
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Mercruiser 1.7 dti

Well ive more or less abondoned a Prosport. Jason's quotes were erratic to say the least and i havent heard from him in 2 weeks now despite numerous phone calls. I presume he wasnt interested in a 6m when hes got an order list full with ribs 7.5m plus.

Moving on from that ive been to see humber ribs twice now with a view to buy from them. One thing that became apparent is the Mercruiser 1.7 as a viable engine option.

Humber are very reasonably priced on the boat and outboard installation but the diesel is a different story. For the engine and fittmentis 13500. The engine itself for just over 9k. The rest goes on, 1200 for a fiberglass engine cowling?!? 650 for the hull mods and the rest for cabling, battery and labour.

I have found the engine and alpha1 drive in America for 4700. So it would cost under 5500 to buy it and ship it back. Should i do that Humber refuse to fit it so i will have to look elsewhere.

Does the Humber quote sound over priced(it does to me)?
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If i were to import one where could i get it fitted and how much?
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Old 18 December 2003, 19:04   #2
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I have this unit comming in a pro sport 6.5 mike c's got one in an humber.

Remember you still have VAT and import taxes if importing.
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Old 18 December 2003, 19:42   #3
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If you are serious i know someone from BIBOA with a humber 6.5 and 1.7d for sale. V.V.Good condition, loads of electronics, wants about 25k though i think. I considered it when changing boats this year but it was too far over budget.
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Old 18 December 2003, 20:39   #4
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Yes i am serious but not only is it over my buget too, i think 6.5m is too big to tow behind my car(sensibly) and i will struggle to store it where i plan to store a 6m.
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Old 19 December 2003, 07:16   #5
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In the midlands. Bout as far from the sea as u can get
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Re: Mercruiser 1.7 dti

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I have found the engine and alpha1 drive in America for 4700. So it would cost under 5500 to buy it and ship it back. Should i do that Humber refuse to fit it so i will have to look elsewhere.

Hard to believe the US price since this engine is only made in Poland so it must first be shipped to MPE in Belgium and from there to the US look at the transport costs . Something just does not stack up.

Anyway if you have to look elsewhere just look at RIBS FOR SALE . My Parker 630 Rapier with this engine is still for sale

Unless you want a brand new one - no problem - when do you want delivery

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To be honest if you can buy a well looked after boat in as new condition you can be a very happy boater. We looked at buying a boat from Humber and in the end we walked away frrom it because they would only fir an engine they supplied and it was overpriced.

Osprey are in the Midlands, and Andres boat is definitely worth looking at. If U want a new hull and engine then there are many small but good makers of reasonably priced craft out there. Parker, Solent Ribs, Ed at Olmec (ribbraff) spring to mind and you should be able to pick up a 1.7 lump for less than Humbers prices quite easily.

Regarding the Origin of the engine it doesn't really matter where it's made It's all owned by GM the basis of the engine id the Astra Diesel lump which is an Isuzu engine. (GM own 50% of Isuzu and 100 % of Vauxhall and a big piece of Mercury) so the Transortation costs don't come to much when you have a container full of the little beauties.

I don't know Andre and I've never seen a Parker rib but he's been a member of this Forum for a long time, and I have gained a healthy regard for him. So if I was you I'd take him up on his offer to look at his boat. At the very worst it's a day on a boat.

One or two of the North West (sorry East Midland ribsters know what they are talking aboutwhen it comes too boat flesh so it might be worth asking one of them to go with you and have a look see.) You can yalk about Black pudding and M6 Toll road and the inevitable relegation of Wolverhampton Wanderes on your way down Sarf

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Spoke to Solent ribs today, they said there busy and will get a quote to me tomorow. Ill check out olmec and let you know how i get on.
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I don't know Andre and I've never seen a Parker rib but he's been a member of this Forum for a long time, and I have gained a healthy regard for him. So if I was you I'd take him up on his offer to look at his boat. At the very worst it's a day on a boat.

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Thanks for your kind words. I believe we nearly had an opportunity to meet. Didn't you try to drop off CH & DM at the SBS. I was with Kevin "Aging Youth" on the pontoons and we just waved to each other.

I am sure you will have a chance to test a Parker 900D and my new 630D at RIBEX 2004

My Seahawk has been winterized this week as I do not plan any outings till March due to Xmas , New year and a long holiday in the sun from mid Jan

David , Seahawk is a good cruising rib and copes very well in rough conditions . I have taken it across to St.Malo and Cherbourg and recently along to Weymouth.
Mike C has a Humber 630 with the same engine . Both ribs are compatable in performance. I am saying this cos we have cruised a lot together including the June trip to Cherbourg.

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