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Old 26 January 2005, 06:53   #1
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Avon adventure 620 vs humber 630 ocean pro

hello all, this is the first time i have used this forum, so hello! firstly i am looking to replace my zodiac PRO 9 MAN, which has a 50 hp suzuki from 2003, with a larger boat, and have been looking at the avon adventure 620 or the humber ocean pro 630, both would have a suzuki 140hp, and would come in at the 18,000 mark. does anyone know anything about these boats and a direct comparison? sea worthiness? which has deeper vee etc, as i have heard that the avon is a medium vee, but still very good offshore, i use the boat off the mumbles coast, near swansea, and also the north of scotland, achmelvich, lochinver, to the very nroth of scotland. i basically need as much advice as i can get, also if anyone knows how fuel efficient the 140 will be, obviously more thirsty than my current 50hp. but how much? thanks to all responses.
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Old 26 January 2005, 07:00   #2
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Hi Jon

we demoed an Avon 620 at the Southampton boat show last year, on the flat at 40 knots the two passengers at the back got covered in spray, now out in a force 5 i'd agree that getting wet goes with the territory, but a boat this size on a flat sea should stay dry, my 4.7 certainly stays dry !

Dont get the wrong idea i lve Avons and have one of my own, but if it were my money i'd go for the Humber !!
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Old 26 January 2005, 07:01   #3
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There is a nice Humber Ocean Pro for sale in the Boats for Sale section that you are welcome to come and try.
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Old 26 January 2005, 07:10   #4
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yes i have heard praises of the humber before, dry ride and good offshore, the basic thing is that as i am buying new i have the choice between getting the boat (avon 620) from bembridge outboards, then sending it to outboards direct where they would fit a suz 140hp instead of the mercury optimax offered by bembridge, bringing the total to just under 18,000, humber however comein at more but they are currently trying to shave their prices to match the avon. where i would buy the humber package all from the one place apposed to different places for outboard and boat with the avon. what their sea capabilities? fuel consumption? ideal tow car? oh, also does anyone know about the quality of the consoles and fittings at bembridge outboards?
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I can certainly commend you to Alex's Humber. Here is a piccie of it during last year's South-West Cruise.
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Old 26 January 2005, 11:06   #6
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Hi Jon,

I have just orderred exactly the same set up you are talking about, I have bought an Avon 620 with 140hp Suzuki in the NEW avon navy blue. I have done for a centre consule with single jockeys behind then double jockeys behind them. Then end of last year I sold my Avon 560 with 90hp Suzuki which I was very impressed with, hence I have opted for the 620. Also have organised a sun deck for the front to keep the missus happy.

I understand the Suzuki 140hp will burn at a reasonable cruising speed about 2-4 gallons per hour, so hope this helps.
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Old 26 January 2005, 12:28   #8
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thanks for your reply, how did you find the avon in the rough stuff? 2-4 gallons an hour is amazing, at full throttle i guess it would burn near the 5 gallons an hour mark. just for interest how much did you get your package for? is it a dry ride? what performance do you get?

does anyone have any advice regarding the humber 6m or 6.3m models?
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Old 26 January 2005, 12:32   #9
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I think the key to the newer avons is the weight distribution, I have been on an Avon 560 with a Yamaha 100 4 stroke and I was a bit dissappointed. There was a lot of seating at the back which didnt help but the nose never really settled down -it was always a bit high, a bit like a semi displacement!

The Avons are reasonably expensive but the thing I like about them is they are a good cross between a 'med' style boat and a roughty toughty boat like the humber. They are also backed up by avons reputation.
If it were me I would go for the Humber, because I like that style of RIB, but I think IMHO the Avon is more family orientated.

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EDIT Having just said that looking at Gingercoasties advert the jockey seats he has are very safe for young children and family trips!
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