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Old 12 February 2014, 15:21   #11
Country: UK - England
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Jan 2014
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thanks very much guys! i think im going to go for the ribcraft! i also looked at the rya junior championships? they use a ribcraft with a 60hp and it looks like the boat i need!

just asking does anyone have any info pictures of the solent 4.6 rib?
alot cheeper?

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Old 12 February 2014, 17:37   #12
Country: UK - N Ireland
Town: belfast
Boat name: un-named
Make: humber
Length: 5m +
Engine: mercury 60hp
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 9
humber assault 5m

I have a 5m assault with a 60hp merc four stroke. Have it some 6 yrs and bought from new. Very economical to run and towing would not be a problem for you. Good boat and engine, never given bother. In rough seas essentially any boat gives a hard ride at speed so I personally wouldn't get too hung up about about deep v's or any other alleged comfort device. I would assume however it might be a wetter boat in a deep sea rather than a deep v as lesser v's tend to have less of a protective bow rise. The benefits of the assault are that they will plane more readily though. I find that more than 6 adults onboard the 5m with amy 60hp and you may struggle to get on plane. However very fast and exciting with one person only. I find most of the beam in the 5m is behind the console so technically it appears narrower and "less of a boat" in a big sea from your position forward (if that makes sense). Also I have a console which essentially sits a pilot and passenger behind. The cockpit size is "just" that wrong size to accommodate any further fixed seating so consider what an extra 0.5m might do for you against a cheaper 4.5m assault.
If memory serves me right the max engine hp/weight ratio of the 5m assault limited me to the 60hp four stroke based on weight. You can bust through that barrier with a bigger engine but be careful you don't create something that is uninsurable.

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Old 17 February 2014, 13:20   #13
Country: UK - Wales
Town: west wales
Make: humber destroyer 5m
Length: 5m +
Engine: 90 yamaha
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 202
I have had a couple of assaults and look after a few others.
I wouldn't bother with a 4m as the actual hull is only about 3m long, try as we might we couldn't get one to run nicely with a 30 Honda on it.
The 4.5 and 5 are ok, I ran a 5m with a 90 yam on it which was fun (43kn on gps)
I've also run 5m assaults with a sixty two stroke yam, a 70 evinrude and 70 yam, also with 40 and 50 Hondas.
The assault doesn't have a particularly shallow v hull BUT the tubes are mounted very low and tend to drag in the water and so give a lumpy ride in a chop. However as a safety boat its easier to drag people into than many other ribs because of the low tubes.
There is another humber model with a much shallower V, not sure of the name but I saw a new 5m one last year.
The destroyer 5m is a much better sea boat though considerably heavier.
We bought a new 5m assault last month direct from humber, without a console for £3600 inc vat. With a two man sports console it would have been £4500. So humbers are very keenly priced and tough as old boots too.
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Old 17 February 2014, 13:48   #14
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Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeenshire
Boat name: Sula
Make: Ribcraft 4.8m
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 60hp + aux
MMSI: 235087213
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3,392
Before you sign on the dotted line - check out the Ribquest 4.8m too.

Is that with or without VAT?
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