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Old 05 November 2013, 16:58   #1
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Humber 5.85 Project is it worth it?

A Humber project sold tonight on ebay for 1750 description as follows

The Boat is a 2001 Model, 5.8Metre Humber Destroyer. It requires work to the Tubes which have suffered UV Damage to the top (Please note the boat is wet in the pictures and doesn't show this clearly), there are a couple of small patches one of which a slight air leak can be heard. The tubes do loose air over a day or so, The worst being the Starboard Side Rear. The tubes will stay hard after inflating for a few hours.

A quote for new tubes was 4000 plus all the effort and work to bring it up to scratch say 500 making a project cost of between 6 & 7k.

It really isn't worth it when Humber are offering new a 6.0m Destroyer for 8700 and a 5.5 for as little as 4750

Or am I missing something?
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Old 05 November 2013, 17:05   #2
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If you like doing DIY then go for it. If you are only doing a self build / restoration to try and save money don't do it as its not worth it as materials are very expensive.

I have just finished my project and luckily I didn't have to replace my tubes (yet!) and I will lose money on this boat.
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Old 05 November 2013, 17:27   #3
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the value of a project rib, or car, or bike, isn't what it's worth when done, but in your satisfaction at getting the rib you really wanted and not what's available off the shelf, or in bringing back to life what would otherwise just be scrap
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the value of a project rib, or car, or bike, isn't what it's worth when done, but in your satisfaction at getting the rib you really wanted and not what's available off the shelf, or in bringing back to life what would otherwise just be scrap
I am with Chris,
It's building your own that's the best bit, you know exactly what is where and more often than not built better and most certainly rigged better,
Apart from that I love the meddling, till it comes to wiring, I am never happy the way it looks, fussy git tho
I was on that one my self but it went to far in my eyes as its a tube job for sure ,good year though,
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Old 06 November 2013, 02:00   #5
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I am with Chris,
It's building your own that's the best bit, you know exactly what is where and more often than not built better and most certainly rigged better,
Apart from that I love the meddling, till it comes to wiring, I am never happy the way it looks, fussy git tho
I was on that one my self but it went to far in my eyes as its a tube job for sure ,good year though,
the wiring is the easy bit, you just need to do it all on the bench then fit it in one go
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Old 06 November 2013, 02:50   #6
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Outboard, motors, Soham, Cambridge, sounds familiar. Where have I heard that before?
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the wiring is the easy bit, you just need to do it all on the bench then fit it in one go
Chris a tip, wire the console off the boat, you can stand inside it, saves you're poor old back, I got stuck in a console once
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Chris a tip, wire the console off the boat, you can stand inside it, saves you're poor old back, I got stuck in a console once
that would be a challenge Biffer, the console is bonded to the deck my back is well stuffed, it will deffo be getting wired stood up, I'm going to make the loom on the bench then fit it any pics of you stuck in that console
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