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Old 04 December 2006, 09:49   #11
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I know Stephen has had loads of problems with his Humber but they are NOT all like that. They are one of the biggest builders of RIBs are are usually considered to be very tough boats. Our local diving club has 2 of them - they get a load of very rough use and are about 15 yrs old and still going strong.
I know of an old one here too and the old ones are better made than the new ones.... I'd swap mine any day for one here that is six years older and has been used as a commercial dive boat all its life! Its in superb condition and much better made.

Antoine from the experiences I have had with mine I would say 2 things are weak points:

1. Pressure relief valves - you already have that - I think some of the problems may be due to the fact that the tubes cannot safely be left fully inflated.

2. Take a close look at the underside of the tubes at the rear, this is where my problems are - and make sure they are very well reinforced with heavy duty wear patches. If this had been done to my boat from new, as standard, I am almost sure I would have had none of the problems that I have been suffering, so all the grief has been for the sake of a couple of hundred quid on the price of the boat. Wear patches are apparently now standard on Destroyers - but I don't know how big they are, if I ever got another RIB of any make, I'd be wanting something that covered ALL the seam area on the bottom half of the tube (the seams where the cone end is bonded in to the tube) for peace of mind.

There is a third way which I am going to do, which is get one of these
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Old 04 December 2006, 10:17   #12
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Thank you Stephen, i will look after that.

If you except this difficulties, did you enjoy with this boat?

Antoine
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Old 04 December 2006, 11:10   #13
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Thank you Stephen, i will look after that.

If you except this difficulties, did you enjoy with this boat?

Antoine
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
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Old 02 January 2007, 09:14   #14
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Antoine, that's quite bit of a RIB you're getting there, good for you ; are you going to go and collect it in the UK or have it imported by somebody else?
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