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Old 26 July 2009, 22:14   #1
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Humber Destroyer vis a vis Ocean Pro

I think I can understand why an Assault is cheaper than a Destroyer as the beam appears to be smaller on the Assault, but even after looking at the spec sheets, I can't work out the difference between a Destroyer and an Ocean Pro apart from the price.

Can someone enlighten me please?
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Old 26 July 2009, 23:51   #2
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This question has been asked before and ,put simply,the Ocean Pro hull is a more complex hull shape with additional spray rails etc. Each Humber fan has his/her own favourite and mine is the Ocean Pro as it is the driest ride in the 'rough stuff'.
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Thanks Cypman. I presume this means a more complex mould, but nonetheless, once made, surely that would be the end of any extra costs?
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Thanks Cypman. I presume this means a more complex mould, but nonetheless, once made, surely that would be the end of any extra costs?
...and how do you expect that the costs of the "new" design and tooling are recovered?
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I thought the Ocean Pro was a race boat hull?
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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.
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Assault-- shallow V --- dont like it
destroyer-- deep V --- v. good in rough stuff
ocean pro-deep V --- multiple spray rails cost more to lay up as needs a more skilled operative. Superb in the bigger sizes. Very quick onto the plane but can feel a bit twitchy and not as firmly planted in the sea as the destroyer in the smaller ones
The two 8m sports pros with 300hp each and the 10m sports pro with twin 300s were awesome to drive at the last RiBEX - ocean pro hulls.
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Ocean pro

Love it. So dry and soft landing in the rough. Also been good for skiing ie up on the plane.
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...and how do you expect that the costs of the "new" design and tooling are recovered?
Er, well.....erm.....now you come to mention it.....actually I haven't got a clue. Bearing in mind the learning curve I'm on, I have a picture in my mind (doubtless inaccurate) that once you get away from the likes of Halmatic, Sealine, Sunseeker and their ilk, much of the British boatbuilding industry is in the mould (sic) of 3 or 4 blokes in a shed with a kettle, a slide rule and several hundred sheets of Wet & Dry.

Deepest apologies to all those involved in the British boat building industry.
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Assault-- shallow V --- dont like it
destroyer-- deep V --- v. good in rough stuff
ocean pro-deep V --- multiple spray rails cost more to lay up as needs a more skilled operative. Superb in the bigger sizes. Very quick onto the plane but can feel a bit twitchy and not as firmly planted in the sea as the destroyer in the smaller ones
The two 8m sports pros with 300hp each and the 10m sports pro with twin 300s were awesome to drive at the last RiBEX - ocean pro hulls.
Thanks very much, that makes things a little clearer. My problem is, apart from not having a
boat yet, that if I buy a camera and it's the wrong one, then I've wasted a fairly small amount of money. Buy the wrong boat and it could cost me a lot more than that. All these answers are good as it helps me understand what looks simple when you glance at the pretty pictures but in reality could turn out to be a nightmare.
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