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Old 13 November 2007, 01:34   #11
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The biggest boat I can afford is probably about 3m so I'm already pushing the envelope!!
Its all come to a head even more now I have noticed the 30% off Humber are offering at the moment....
A 5m should fit in the garage as suggested by Dave and I'd get away with an unbraked trailer which would hopefully lessen wallet ache in a year or twos time!
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Old 13 November 2007, 08:02   #12
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My head says 5m with a 90 and my heart 5.3 with 115!
Split the difference. Go with the 5.3 and a 90.

The bigger boat should be noticeably more comfortable in a bit of chop, but 90hp is ample.

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Old 15 November 2007, 08:10   #13
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I've had the most up to date iterature posted to me by Humber reagrding the destroyer and the 5m is rated to 100Hp and the 5.3 to 115Hp., they haven't published any weights tho.

I don't think finances will stretch to a 115etec tho I have seen plenty of very reasonable opti's availaible this season. How would the running/buying costs compare considering an 90etec to a 115 opti???
My head says 5m with a 90 and my heart 5.3 with 115! The braked/unbraked trailer question is also worth considering, I'm pretty much decided on a De Graaff and there is around 350's difference with or without brakes. According to humber the 5.3 only weighs around 35kgs more than the 5.0.......

Think the next step is a trip to humber to decide if a 5.0 would do what I want! I'm currently thinking along the lines of Navy toobs with matching strakes, raised bow locker, white hull, and deluxe console and single jocky seat in light grey. What you all reckon??!!
I was recently in the same frame of mind as yourself, and I also had a trip up to humber, but when all the bits and pieces were added up I found them to be expensive even with their discounts!

I would really recommend you contact Ian and Jono at: -

(Humber & Osprey Sales- PBS RIBS 0845 6128670 www.professional-boat-sales.co.uk)

They will be able to put together an excellent affordable package to meet your requirements, and you will find them both extremely helpful.

I recently purchased a 5.5m Destroyer from them after they arranged a sea trial for me. I found the 5.5m Destroyer a lot more stable than the 5.0m due to the wider beam.
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Old 15 November 2007, 11:55   #14
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Old 15 November 2007, 13:38   #15
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Think the next step is a trip to humber to decide if a 5.0 would do what I want! I'm currently thinking along the lines of Navy toobs with matching strakes, raised bow locker, white hull, and deluxe console and single jocky seat in light grey. What you all reckon??!!
Sounds good to me. Couple of pics of mine (5.3) here to give you an idea. Raised bow locker is a must have. I think they've changed the design of the deluxe console slightly nowadays. I find mine really comfortable, but windy. I have a bench seat across the after end (you can see the backrest). Makes a great bed when I sleep aboard (feet and head on tubes) under the tent I made.
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Raised bow locker is a must have.

Unless you want a decent size anchor and plenty of warp.

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Old 15 November 2007, 17:28   #17
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Unless you want a decent size anchor and plenty of warp.

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Er. I thought the raised bow locker is the stowage space for the ground tackle. That's where I put mine anyway. I've got a 6kg Delta, 5m 6mm chain, 5m 8mm chain and 30m 14mm multiplait nylon line in mine. There's room for more too. I do a lot of anchoring, admittedly in fairly shallow places, usually less than 5m depth. The additional 30m line is stowed aft, just in case.

If there's no raised locker, where do you put the ground tackle?... really??
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Old 15 November 2007, 23:44   #18
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Alystra, Moon Raker is exactly what I'm after!
I'll make the decision wether to go for the 5 or 5.3 metre when I have a look at them. My current plan is to source the boat, trailer and engine all seperately, I work 4 weeks on 4 off so a bit of legwork dosen't worry me!

I emailed Humber yesterday and they are also offering 10% off extras at the moment which is worth about 200 to me. I'm thinking of making my own A-frame too, a couple of friends have welding kit and the wakeboarding tower they built looks fine.

A 5.3 with a 90E-tec will be right on the limit of an unbraked trailer provided I avoid too much weighty clutter onboard and I only live 200m from where I'd launch. I think when It comes to it I'll go for a braked trailer, I'd really kick myself if I had an accident and knew that I'd have stopped with a braked trailer!! I'm pretty handy so a regular strip down and regrease should keep trailer maintence. De Graaff have quoted just under 1300 for a 1000Kg braked trailer with stainless cables, brake flushing kit and bearing savers which sounds like a good deal?? They also only use Tapered roller bearings.

I'm currently on the lookout for a tax exempt series III with a 200Tdi conversion and disk brakes but that will have to wait until funds recover!
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Old 16 November 2007, 03:37   #19
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I have an open locker (so no plastic hatch), I can stow my 10kg Danforth, 5m 8mm Chain and 100m 10mm warp nicely.

Nice boat by the way!

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A 5.3 with a 90E-tec will be right on the limit of an unbraked trailer provided I avoid too much weighty clutter onboard and I only live 200m from where I'd launch. I think when It comes to it I'll go for a braked trailer, I'd really kick myself if I had an accident and knew that I'd have stopped with a braked trailer!! I'm pretty handy so a regular strip down and regrease should keep trailer maintence. De Graaff have quoted just under 1300 for a 1000Kg braked trailer with stainless cables, brake flushing kit and bearing savers which sounds like a good deal?? They also only use Tapered roller bearings.
I'm in a similar position to you. I've just bought a 5.3m Humber and i'm now waiting to find the right engine. I've found a 75hp Yam which i'll probably buy.

I'm currently selling a trailer in good condition for 550 here http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=21991

MP if your interested. It's in Weymouth waiting to be picked up.
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