Originally Posted by antoine
Thank you Stephen, i will look after that.
If you except this difficulties, did you enjoy with this boat?
Absolutely love it when it works especially since I fitted an extra double jockey seat (also got it from Humber) which gives passenger capacity and some dry storage underneath for cameras and stuff.
When it works it's brilliant and I love it but I probably (without exaggerating) spend more time patching it than I do using it! I've no experience of other RIBs to compare with but it seems stable, easy to handle, easy to launch and recover, fairly forgiving in rough conditions, no nasty handling vices (or at least none that I have discovered) does about 39kt flat out (only getting about 35 at the moment though) and cruises nicely at about 30 at 4000rpm with 115hp on the back. I love it when it works - yesterday was fantastic even if I did get home needing ANOTHER repair job - but in my opinion it was spoiled by silly little corners being cut when it was made, to save just a few quid. Whether they still do that I don't know, but if I ever got another boat from Humber I'd want to go to the factory and look closely at it before I took delivery and make sure all the bits were finished to my satisfaction. If you do that, the basic boat design seems excellent to me.
The other thing I forgot to mention AND IT IS A REALLY SILLY OMISSION is that there is no drain bung fitted to mine at the lowest point of the bilge at the back so you cannot drain all the water out. The best you can do is leave the trunk down which leaves about 3 or 4 inches of water in the bilge (and under the floor). Make sure a drain bung is fitted so you can leave it out when the boat is out of the water and keep it nice and dry.
I should also say that IF I could take mine to Henshaws or Paul Tilley and have it completely retubed by a professional, incorporating relief valves, wear patches etc on to a brand new set of tubes, then I would, and I'd keep the boat and save a lot of money. But I can't so I won't and if I've got to spend a lot of money it has to be on a new boat and it has to be indestructable, which is why it has to be the plastic Mac, because you can't break a wheelie bin unless you drive over the top of it and the Mac is made of wheelie bin plastic