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Old 12 August 2005, 16:21   #1
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Humber Assault range

Anyone outhere with some feedback on Humber Assault ribs.
How they compare with makes like Avon, Ribcraft, Zodiac etc.

Looking forward to some good info.

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Old 12 August 2005, 18:15   #2
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Our dive club uses a Humber Assault 5.5m with a Suzuki DF70, itís a nice combination but I canít compare it against the other makes because we havenít tried them.
Although Humber at the time of ordering it advertised it as a 7 diver boat with this engine, we soon found it was only suitable for 5 divers with kit & Cox.
In choppy seas its very easy to stuff into a wave with a full load & could do with a higher bow, but after always having SIBís in our club itís a great improvement.

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Old 12 August 2005, 19:38   #3
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I have just sold a 1999 Humber Assault 4.3m and it was a very tuff boat.

I had no complaints with it at all and took it out in some pretty rough stuff which whilst gave it a pounding never really showed any signs of the strain.

When buying my new boat it was a hard choice between a humber osean pro 5.5m and a ribcraft 5.85 I chose the Ribcraft over the Humber for 2 main reasons.

1. I think the finish of the ribcraft is slightly better (I have no dought that structually the humber would have equalled if not bettered the ribcraft but the quality of the finish I think goes to the Ribcraft.)

2. The Ribcraft Factory is 2 hours drive from me where as the Humber Factory is 8 hours. This may come in handy if I ever need to take the boat back for any adjustments.
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Old 14 August 2005, 12:17   #4
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We had a humber it was our first rib,

We got ours as a package from humber. e.g boat, some bits, trailer and cover.

Once i got it working, it never let us down and we used it in all sorts of conditions, it was orange and looked quite nice, similar to the picture above.

However i found

the build quailty OK, but i had to finish things off, like

1) A wire not connected on the Nav Lights.
2) One of the fuel tanks had a crack around the guage, Humber told me basically to sort it out myself (remember this was our first boat)
3) When i tried to start the engine it would not go, basically it was down to the fact that they used a fuel line that was really too small for the connectors, so they had drilled out the line, but it doing so they had blocked it with rubber. So again i replaced as humber Customer service rubbish.

Apart from this the boat was great, i hear humber Customer service is better now, but if you buy a boat from them really look it over
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Old 15 August 2005, 20:05   #5
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i have a humber assault 4.5m which i bought new in sept 2004 and i cant fault it really safe feeling little boat and very tough. although the bramber trailler i got with it isnt so great (jockey wheel clamp broke)
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Old 16 August 2005, 13:07   #6
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really safe feeling little boat
Could have fooled me
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Old 26 August 2005, 19:50   #7
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obviously just not double hard like me then eh gary!
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Old 27 August 2005, 13:40   #8
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depends what you want. Assault is fine for less rough water, if you want a decent ride from a Humber in rougher stuff go for a Destroyer (or Ocean Pro). The assault carries its tubes very low and can give a ride akin to a cathedral hull cos the hull and the tubes all land at the same time with a good old slam! Much deeper V on destroyer so the V takes up the shock progressively when it lands and is a very soft ride. Used destroyer/ocean pros in some rough stuff, both in the UK and abroad and they are impressive. However one big advantage of an assault is that if you deflate the tubes there is not much boat left to fit into a garage
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