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Old 27 April 2009, 05:41   #1
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Destroyer/Ocean Pro differences

OK day off work and decided to spec the new RIB.
I'm looking at the 5.5m Humber Destroyer 2.28m Beam at the moment but the Ocean Pro is also catching my eye. Looking at the specs they appear almost identical, same beam, same length/weight etc. The OP is just under 600 more expensive. Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the 2 (other than price)? I'm assuming hull form is different. What would be the better sea boat in the rough?
Expect lots of 'What's the best' type questions over the next couple of days. :-)

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Old 27 April 2009, 06:03   #2
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Hi

Having regularly been out in both i would say that if you want a boat around the 5.5m mark the destroyer would be the way to go and it will handle the chop well and goes really well with a 75-90hp on the back. If going for the ocean pro i would step up in length and go for the 6.3 with a 135 or 150 as this length or bigger suits the different hull design and this will give you much more seakeeping ability. The main differences between the two is that the ocean pro is much wider and the hull has chines whereas the destroyer does not.

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Old 27 April 2009, 06:36   #3
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we have both running here. A 5.5m pro and a 6m destroyer with 90s. Although the pro is a more expensive hull due to the spray rails making it a more skilled and time consuming lay up job we prefer the destroyer. The pro is quick up on the plane and a tad faster at the top end it is also more "twitchy" than the destroyer as it rides on its rails. It is very much a driver's boat in that the trim needs to be adjusted "just so" to get the best from it. The destroyer is a softer ride and feels more planted in the sea and I would, and have, trust it in anything. Go for the 90 litre tank in the consol and steer clear of the underfloor tank option. We also had a 7.8m pro with twin 115s here for such a short while that we never managed to get it wet. It is sat on its mother ship on a job somewhere off Chile at the moment
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Old 27 April 2009, 12:55   #4
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Cheers guys,
Looks like the Destroyer is the way to go then. Just need to decide on the colour :-) Will defo have a black hull, perhaps orange tubes with black trim :-).
As or engines, was looking at either a 100hp 4 stroke or a 115hp DI 2 stroke, do you think this would be overkill? I'll be running either me and her indoors and a couple of pals when cruising and a max of 4 divers and kit plus one other when diving. Would a 90hp be spritely enough? Had a 90 2 stroke off the back of a 5.5m Narwhal a few years back and it wasn't the most eager of setups (not like the SR 5.4 with 115hp Yam, that was a tad insane) .
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Old 27 April 2009, 13:04   #5
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90 will be fine, i have a 115 mariner opti which i love on my 5.5 destroyer. I went for the extra for skiing as we all get older and a bit porkier

Always nice to have the extra power on tap if needed. I still get 1 mile per litre at 38 knots plus, so its a frugal engine and a 5 yr warranty
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Old 27 April 2009, 14:21   #6
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Got a 6.5 Destroyer with a 150 Opti, cruising at 25mph she uses around 16 litres a hour,
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Old 27 April 2009, 14:50   #7
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Why "steer clear of the underfloor tank"?
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Old 27 April 2009, 15:26   #8
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Why "steer clear of the underfloor tank"?
A massive pain in the bottom if things go wrong under the floor
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Old 27 April 2009, 15:52   #9
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We find the destroyer is the best seller but both are excellent boats, Based on the 5.5, 2.28 beam the destroyer has an open bow locker as standard, where as the op has an upgrade to close bow locker standard but on the 2.28 beam, the hatch needs to be bigger to get a good size anchor in. You will need to watch the destroyer if going 4 stroke as it has a max transom weight of 170kg where as the op is 200kg max transom weight. My personal favourite in that size is the destroyer but you will be very happy with either.
90 hp is generally enough on these but I'd go 115 if the budget will stretch to it. Probably a bit far to travel but we have one here available with a 90 or 115 opti
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Why "steer clear of the underfloor tank"?
Was the post this referred to edited to remove the comment?

Confusing...

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