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Old 12 July 2008, 02:30   #1
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Humber Attaque 5.3 - Deep Vee?

Hi - The guy I spoke to at humber recommended the Attaque over the wider, more modern Ocean Pro. Does the Attaque have a genuine deep V and is it a good sea boat?

Looking to fit an etec 90 and will be skiing and fishing and won't be out in silly weather but still want it to be comfortable in big chop.

Is this a good sea boat or should I go for the Ocean Pro? Also do humber still have the quality control problems I keep reading about?

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Old 12 July 2008, 07:26   #2
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Humber don't make the Attaque any more. The model you are thinking of is the Assault.
It is NOT a deep V hull and is a much poorer hull shape than the Attaque.
I had an Assault and have just sold it to buy a Destroyer as the ride with the shallow V hull was poor. I ordered my Assault after asking Humber the same questions and being assured it was a deep V hull comparable to the old Attaque which I was familiar with. As soon as I saw it I knew it wasn't and have been working until recently to upgrade to a better hull.
On the other hand if you can get hold of a good secondhand Attaque then these are excellent hulls but AFAIK have been out of production for some years (although the currenet Ocean pro is based on the same hull)
If you are buying new and are limited by funds to a size I would recommend buying a slightly smaller destroyer or OP than a larger Assault, they will both be better seaboats despite being slightly shorter.
Looking at your post on engine I would probably not put anything larger than a 70 on the 5.3m Assault just for weight distribution alone, the hull does not have a large freeboard especially at the transom.
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Old 12 July 2008, 10:43   #3
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Thanks Bruce. I think Humber started making the Attaque again when they released the Ocean Pro. They call it an Ocean Pro 2.0m beam rather than the 2.3m beam. I understand it is exactly the same hull as when they first produced it.

It sounds like you are familiar with the Attaques, would you say they have a deep Vee? I don't want something that slams in chop. I haven't seen one in the flesh but from the photos it certainly looks a deeper hull than the Assault but not as deep as the Ocean Pro or Destroyer. Have you been out in one?

Doing this to a budget and on paper the Attaque seems good value as long as it can handle south coast chop!?
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Hi Chatts

I don't like the Attaque as they don't feel very beamy. They are good in a short chop.

Have you looked at the Destroyer? I think they offer a much better ride and benefit from being 23cm wider.

A few pics attached, if you want to come and see how they compare on the water give me a call on the number below.

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The smaller OP being the same hull as the original Attaque would make sense. I knew the larger version had been based on the original Attaque but it would make sense on the smaller version actually being the same moulding. As long as you avoid the Assault you can't go wrong with either the OP or the destroyer as a hull form.
I have used a 5m attaque quite a lot in years gone by, very nice hull and handled well. The only drawback was the small flat flooring area within the hull as the outer hull formed part of the inner floor and was obviously sloping. I assume that this is now not the case and the floor is full width on the current ones?
The pic is us diving off a 5m version, not a lot of room.
There are a number of new Humbers on the forum this year around 5m+ and they all seem to be destroyers, probably because they are slightly lighter, wider and cheaper than the OP at this length. The OP does have the reputation of being dryer and my impression is that above 6m the balance seems to be weighted to OP as far as forum members go.
My advice for what it is worth would be to buy either the destroyer or the wider beam OP, the narrow beam version is too narrow as it is the same width as the Assault which, from experience is too narrow for comfort.
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Thanks Jono. Like the look of the Attaque and seems good value so hopefully will be able to make a more informed decision depending on what people say about it.

Has anyone else got experience of the Attaque?
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Thanks Bruce. Think I might need to make a trip up north to take a look at them.
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Also do humber still have the quality control problems I keep reading about?

Cheers.
This can be avoided with a PBS RIBs fit out

We purchase about about 20 - 30 ribs a year from Humber and have only experienced one hull problem.

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i had a 5.3 ocean pro,2 mtr wide, it was a very very fast hull, and good in the chop, but the customer services let it down,deal with Jono if you want a humber, good guy!!
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I think I've got the original Attaque's grandad!

When I got it I phoned humber for some weight info on my 1978 vintage hull, and they told me it was what they beefed up the transom to take a 4- st 90 and now call the O-Pro 2m Beam. (mine's rated 60 max / 2- stroke weight) So you may find the Attaque is slightly lighter, but rated for a slightly smaller engine?

It's a fantastic sea boat, so far I've only had to throttle back once due to the state of the water, and even then not very much. It took the awful random lump you get at certian states of the tide off the bottom of Bute without batting a proverbial eyelid. Very positive feel, and I'll second the fast comments.

Bruce's comments on the sloping floor apply to the ye olde version too. I've never found it a problem, but then I don't carry diving gear.

If I ever manage to kill my currnet hull, I'd certianly have an O-Pro on the shopping list to replace it.
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