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Old 22 July 2011, 15:03   #1
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humber predator

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I have a Humber Predator 5.5m rib with a mercury 150 outboard , i have only purchased this , it was used as a dive boat, i have bought it to use for fun in and around belfast/bangor/northdown.Up to now i have not taken it much over 1/4 throttle as it feels out of control and dangerous, i have alot of inland water boating experience but no sea experience , ,i have been told the engine may be too powerful for the rib ? could this be true?, today there where 3 persons on board and it was anything but fun , the seas where not that choppy
the boat seems to pull to the right alot

any advice would be much appreciated
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:13   #2
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Hmmm...... does the boat have a rating plate on the transom? I should have thought 150 would be OK but I am no expert. Does it have trim tabs at all? If they were mis-set that might cause the issue. If the 150 ends up being too big I'm looking for one of those so please bear me in mind.......
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:22   #3
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no trim tabs , the rib is fine at low speed
give me 6750 , 1998 rib and a 2000 150 mercury and its yours???
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:28   #4
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predator???????????? not heard of that model. Usually you are looking at an ocean pro, destroyer, attaque, or assault. Post a pic and lets have a look at it.
I've driven 5m attaques with 150hp--not a machine for the inexperienced but in the right hands a mean machine. At 5.5m its high powered but it should be manageable.
If the boat is pulling to one side your trim angle is probably wrong. I assume it has power trim?? Its not an on/off switch it needs to be trimmed up once on the plane until the boat feels right. Find someone with a fair bit of experience to help you along at first.
oh and charlie can you take the bold print off please-its a tad annoying
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:33   #5
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sorry about the print lol i do have quite a few years boating all with speed boats and sports cruisers so i have a bit of a notion but this just doesnt feel good or inspire any confidence and yeah i did mess about with the trim to see if it helped , which it didnt
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:40   #6
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What does the hull plate say for max HP?
What kind of steering does it have? Anti-feedback? hydraulic?
Is the trim tab intact?
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:43   #7
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Charlie - it's the motor I'm looking for but thanx for offering me the "package problem" I'm sure someone on here will sort you out. There's not much escapes these lads.
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Old 22 July 2011, 15:45   #8
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not sure what it says ill check it tomorrow, as for trim tabs there is none , surely the outboard engine trims ??
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Old 22 July 2011, 16:03   #9
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where did you get the model name "predator" from??
We drive at boat shows for Humber Ribs and its not a name that rings any bells with me
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Old 22 July 2011, 16:07   #10
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maybe im wrong it was advertised as a humber predator , ok then maybe just treat it as a 5.5 metre humber ??
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