Originally Posted by tue
IMHO the Humber Assualt is not a good dive platform. The 5.8m Humber Destroyer on the other hand makes a fantastic platform with a 100hp Yamaha Fourstroke. Quick to plane and fast with 6 divers. Its got a wider beam and sits a little higher in the water than the Assault range, which are realy only suitable for safety boats in Yacht clubs etc IMHO of course.
I would have to agree with you on this one Paul; I donít think its ideal either but its what we now have & providing we stay within sensible limits itíll have to do until the clubs bank balance is sufficient to look for anything else.
Our club has only used Sibís since 1967 & after pressure from a lot of newer members we decided to move into the 21st century by getting a rib. After a year of reading anything we could find on paper & on the net we had to find something that would fill a number of criteria.
1. It had to fit in a container for storage (this narrowed the field down a lot, most were too wide to fit without totally deflating the tubes)
2. It had to be towed behind an average family saloon car, no one in the club has a 4X4 & the club canít afford to get one just for towing.
3. Price: As an independent club we tried looking at grants for a new boat but all the avenues we tried were referring back to BSAC, because we are not a BSAC club we gave up in the end.
4. We wanted a boat that would take 6 divers & a Cox.
5. Preferably with a 4-stroke engine to save on fuel & quieter.
So with these things in mind we asked all the various suppliers & manufacturers to supply us information & price on anything that would fit the criteria.
Most were too expensive, too wide, too heavy etc, so in the end we had a short list of only a few.
1. Tornado 5.4m: this would have to have a 2-stroke engine to bring it close to our budget & would have to still be partly deflated to fit in the container.
2. Humber Assault 5.5m with the Suzuki 70hp 4-stroke.
3. Humber Destroyer 5.5 with a 2-stroke engine.
Humber knew exactly what we wanted the RIB for & how many divers we wanted to carry, at no time did they say the Destroyer would be a better boat for this purpose or that the Assault would struggle to carry 6 divers. (in fact they advatised this combination as sutable for 7 divers)They even fitted the bottle rack so they couldnít say they didnít know we wanted it for diving, which is a bit of a pain because if we had known we would have waited a little longer to get something better.
The Assault with the Suzuki engine is very good on fuel, (it uses half what the Sib with a 2-stroke used) easy to tow, launch & back into the container.
If we knew then what we know now we would have gone for a 5.8m Destroy, XS-RIB (these only came on the market a couple of months after placing the order) or a Tornado.