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Old 29 July 2009, 14:22   #11
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When I spoke to Humber they told me the Ocean Pro was the better boat but more involving to drive.
I believe the Destroyer is more forgiving and therefore easier to drive.

I think the British RIB building is a bit more than a few blokes in a shed these days. Workshops should be temperature and humidity controlled for both making tubes and doing glass work.
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When I spoke to Humber they told me the Ocean Pro was the better boat but more involving to drive.
I believe the Destroyer is more forgiving and therefore easier to drive.
I have never driven or been on and Ocean Pro but have driven a couple of Destroyers and would agree with chewy that they are extremely forgiving boats and they handle the rough stuff pretty well.
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Old 29 July 2009, 17:53   #13
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when i had a humber 5.3 ocean pro, it was a awesome hull, bloody hell was it fast, i had a mariner 90 f/s on it and 46 kts was acheived, it also handled superbly in the rough,
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Old 30 July 2009, 10:06   #14
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If I remember correctly the Ocean Pro hull is a re-incarnation of the Attaque hull, which was the original Humber design and utilised for early RIB racing.
No idea about the racing bit, but when I asked Humber about my dinosaur they told me it was their original rib design which evolved into the Attaque...... (I think the difference was a thicker transom for bigger engines - 125Kg instead of the 110 mine's rated for. the O- pro is rated something like 170Kg to handle 4- stroke 90s)

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when i had a humber 5.3 ocean pro, it was a awesome hull, bloody hell was it fast, i had a mariner 90 f/s on it and 46 kts was acheived, it also handled superbly in the rough,
I was passing 30knts with a 60 when the engine blew up...... - Granted with a lighter version of the hull and a slimmer leg than today's engines. I will echo matt in that it eats rough water like a snack. I can stay sat down in conditions where in my old SR I'd have been wearing a gum shield & feathering the throttle......


If you are based in Manchester, Hull isn't toooo far a distance - I'm sure if you are threatening to buy a hull off them they'd give you a test run in both?
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Old 30 July 2009, 21:25   #15
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If you are based in Manchester, Hull isn't toooo far a distance - I'm sure if you are threatening to buy a hull off them they'd give you a test run in both?
A few weeks ago I decided to actually go and look at some boats instead of the Internet and brochures. Given a choice between Hull for Humber and Caernarfon for a number of different boats at dealers, Caernarfon won.

Purely by chance I met Jonno Garton who took me out in a 5m. for about half an hour. As I'd never been in a RIB before this was great but I had nothing to compare it against. It could have been the worst boat ever and I wouldn't have known any different. But the make seems to have a very good reputation on here which is possibly the best recommendation.

I also have a near-irrational desire to buy something British.
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I admit that I may be slightly biased but I don't think you will go far wrong with an Ocean Pro. Humber have currently got some good deals on pre-built boats, have a look on their web site.
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I admit that I may be slightly biased but I don't think you will go far wrong with an Ocean Pro. Humber have currently got some good deals on pre-built boats, have a look on their web site.
I have done and they look good deals. I just hope they still have them when I get around to buying one.

Discovered somthing recently that shows why I came on here. It isn't just a case of buying a boat and an engine and bolting it to the back. It costs money to do that and it needs to be rigged. The only reason I found that out is because there is am advert for Evinrude that
offers free rigging of up to, I think, 500. Er, didn't see that one coming.
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