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Old 19 January 2008, 14:07   #1
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Humber assault or valiant dr 490

I am heading accross the pond shortly to looks at a few boats. I was looking at Ribraf but I fear wit would be to heavy by the time it would be kitted. What I want to know which would you chose a DR 490 or a Humber assault 5.0m.
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Old 19 January 2008, 16:20   #2
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Mick, I wouldn't choose either.

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Old 19 January 2008, 19:42   #3
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If your looking at Humbers a Destroyer or Ocean-pro is a massively better boat for not alot more money than the assault.
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Old 20 January 2008, 05:07   #4
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I agree, if you can afford a Ribcraft then budget can't be too much of an issue, if you are buying a Humber don't buy the Assault.
I can't comment on the other one as I am not familiar with it.
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Old 20 January 2008, 06:25   #5
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My local yacht club has 3 Valiant 4.90s for use as safety boats. They bought the first 2 or 3 years ago and have bought the others since as they have been so pleased with them. (They still have a Searider, but the first choice of most of the drivers seems to be one of the Valiants)

They run 2 of them with 40hps, and one with a 50. Build quality is consistent acrosss all 3, and they do seem to be pretty well put together.

They handle the conditions here as well as anything of a similar size. (In a north-easterly we can get some pretty unpleasant conditions with a big swell running under a shortish chop and breaking water in the fairway.

Based on their experience I would commend the Valiant, but I have less experience of the Assault to compare. I tend to go along with the views of those who say if you want a Humber, look at the Ocean Pro or Destroyer.

If weight is an issue, the Valiant is certainly worth a look.
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Old 20 January 2008, 07:05   #6
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Humber every time. Build quality, service backup, maintainability - all excellent.

But like others have said, I'd go for Destroyer / Ocean Pro (although I still love my old Attaque!).
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The Attaque is a brilliant hull, in fact it is the hull the Ocean Pro was based on.
I am obviously biased having just ordered a Destroyer to replace my Assault but I would look as Ribcraft as well.
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