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Old 14 February 2008, 18:36   #1
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Humber 5.8 or leeway 6.3

If you had a choice between a Humber 5.8m Destroyer with 140hp Suzuki
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Leeway 6.3m with 135 optimax.

Both 2nd hand

What would you choose? Better buy?
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Old 15 February 2008, 04:32   #2
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The Suzuki would clinch it for me.

But I never owned either of those hulls.
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Old 15 February 2008, 04:36   #3
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Humber every time.

Virtually indestructable.

Don't know the Leeway boat, seems controversial but never heard a bad word about build quality.

Only way really is to fo and play with both. Also remember the extra length on the Leeway and check your shore facilities / parking / tow vehicle are up to the extra size.
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Old 15 February 2008, 05:16   #4
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If you had a choice between a Humber 5.8m Destroyer with 140hp Suzuki Or Leeway 6.3m with 135 optimax.
Both 2nd hand What would you choose? Better buy?
We drove past the Leeway in Cowes on Sunday, wish I had known we could have photographed it for you. It shares the same hull form as several other well known makes of ribs - there is lots on Ribnet about them if you want to spend an evening searching. However before spending that amount of money I would jump on a plane and pop over, then take the Leeway out for good couple of hours of trials. It should be a very quick sports boat.

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What´s the price?

Maybe some other brand is better for you.

I think leeway is a light and fast boat if that is what you want...

Maybe Ribcraft 5,85?
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Old 15 February 2008, 08:51   #6
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Different boats.

The Humber is heavier, less efficient and lively and FEELS more seaworthy, the Leeway is lighter, livelier and with less freeboard etc is less where you'd want to be caught out in 30k and the associated sea.

I have the original Leeway no. 1 with an Evinrude 115 on it and it's been fantastic. It's incredibly economical (averaged 10l/hour over the course of it's two and half years with me, mixed use, commuting, skiing, wakeboarding etc). The build quality is second to none, the rigging was ok but we have changed one or two things for the better and it's as quick as hell.

It's also coped very well with everything we've thrown at it including going out to the inshore Volvo Ocean Race leg at Portsmouth in 40k and horrible seas. But it has to be said that it takes more thought and effort to drive it in that sort of stuff than it would a Ribcraft/Humber etc. Horses for courses really.

Probably your best bet is to be honest with yourself about what you are really going to use it for and the conditions you will use it in and then the decision should be easier. Sub 20k winds/associated chop etc then it's the Leeway, above and it's the Humber.
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Old 15 February 2008, 09:49   #7
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the humber is dearer obviously. The humber 12,500ish and leeway 11ish.
Humber 03 hull with new tubes 06. Suzuki 04 only 200hrs.

Will be using it in open coastal waters. Thinkin the humber myself.
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Of course the other thing to think about (I seem to remember that you had a towing thread going) is that the Leeway is MUCH lighter to tow!
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the humber is dearer obviously. The humber 12,500ish and leeway 11ish. Humber 03 hull with new tubes 06. Suzuki 04 only 200hrs. Will be using it in open coastal waters. Thinking the humber myself.
How come it needed new tubes and an engine change within 3 years
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Of course the other thing to think about (I seem to remember that you had a towing thread going) is that the Leeway is MUCH lighter to tow!

won't worry about that now as one of the lads has a jeep
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