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Old 05 September 2010, 14:11   #21
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Yeah trailer is important ! So important I subconsciously mentioned it again! I like that boat a lot but would need to find the extra 4 k and something a bit more utilitarian would maybe suit better! I have just sold a searider after all!

cheers for all the advice!
It might not have grey tubes but I can't think of anything "utilitarian" that it wouldn't be capable of doing very well. Unless by that you mean it's too nice and you'll probably trash it in which case get yourself a Humber...
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Old 05 September 2010, 14:32   #22
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It might not have grey tubes but I can't think of anything "utilitarian" that it wouldn't be capable of doing very well. Unless by that you mean it's too nice and you'll probably trash it in which case get yourself a Humber...
Jigsaw has removable rear pods for "utilitarian" mode. Oh, and did I mention? It comes with a BRAND NEW trailer.
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Old 05 September 2010, 15:05   #23
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Jigsaw has removable rear pods for "utilitarian" mode. Oh, and did I mention? It comes with a BRAND NEW trailer.

If I did not own one already it would cetainly be at the top of my list
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Old 05 September 2010, 15:07   #24
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If I did not own one already it would cetainly be at the top of my list
Me too.
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Old 05 September 2010, 15:29   #25
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Jigsaw has removable rear pods for "utilitarian" mode. Oh, and did I mention? It comes with a BRAND NEW trailer.
Well u have certainly gave me something to dwell on! One question though? What has/have so many people got against Humber? Is it from bad experience? Is it a case of you get what you pay for?
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Old 05 September 2010, 15:35   #26
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Many years ago they were well known for tubes separating from the hull, though to be fair they were very good about sorting it out usually.

Fit and finish is not to the same standard as many other ribs but like you say, you get what you pay for.

My suggestion is always to get the absolute most you can squeeze out of your budget. Then beat your grandmother about the head and nick her pension
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Old 05 September 2010, 18:35   #27
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Well u have certainly gave me something to dwell on! One question though? What has/have so many people got against Humber? Is it from bad experience? Is it a case of you get what you pay for?
No. It's because they're built in the north if England and most of the people moaning live in the south and consider Yorkshiremen too thick and unsophisticated to build anything and have never been to their factory/boatyard. Humber have probably built more boats than all the others mentioned put together, and most of them are still around doing sterling service - all over the world. Some early ones are a bit 'utilitarian', but then they were all custom built to owners requirements and their latest offerings couldn't be faulted by RIB International mag when they were tested. If they were crap boats they'd have been out of business years ago (they've been in it longer than almost any other builder anyway). They have a couple of the best hulls in the business, copied by many others.

I have had no problems with mine in ten years. To be fair, a member on here, BruceB, bought a hull a couple of years ago and he's had problems with the transom. (do a search for the story).

I'm not usually so pissed off with RIBnetters, but I feel your question and thread has been hijacked by self interested people and you're not getting a considered answer.
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Old 06 September 2010, 05:52   #28
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and most of them are still around doing sterling service - all over the world.
One example - Mine was built in 1984, and has done service as an FRC in the north sea (pensioned off due to the regs changing & it becoming physically too small to carry on) then saw life as a rescue boat at a sailing club, and then had another owner before I bought her 2 years ago.

Going by the filled holes & marks I found on the transom under the paint she's outlived at least three engines, and is still as solid as the day she left the factory, and still with the original toobs.

The hull was sold as the "Seasafe" and rated for a 2- stroke 60Hp. Now sold as the O Pro 2m Beam with beefed up rear end to take a 4- stroke 90.

Fantastic seakeeping to the point I can stay seated in places my old SR became a h*lluva bumpy uncomfortable ride.
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Old 06 September 2010, 06:06   #29
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I have had an 8m Humber for quite some time. It is a well built, solid boat. it is quite heavy but i dont see this as a negative point, not the fastest but seaworthy. The tubes are the originals and dont really look much more than a season old (I do look after it though!), they are very tough. She is a tube dragger so very stable (although you pay with some top end speed) and downwind in a large following sea there are few boats that can keep up, a little wet in a cross wind.
i have found Humber pretty helpful with my occasional queries but have never had to deal with anything serious.
the finishing touches are probably the weak point but these are easily sorted (and have been). it is this area where you get what you pay for...
had a 750 ribcraft, well put together boat and looked nice and although a dry and seaworthy boat it was not an inspiring drive.
Osprey, never driven one but they seem to be rated highly.
Humbers do seem to be built to last in my opinion.
We have been through some very bad weather together and it has never let me down. It handles well and is predictable and surefooted.
Everyone is going to champion their own choice of brand, i have driven a lot of different ribs, had a couple and i like this one very much.
I hope this helps...
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Well u have certainly gave me something to dwell on! One question though? What has/have so many people got against Humber? Is it from bad experience? Is it a case of you get what you pay for?
Ah you may have fallen into the internet forum trap of hearing the vocal minority above the silent majority. There are just over 8,500 registered members. Theres probably 850 regular users, and about 85 sad gits who spend more time here than on their boats (inc me!) checking several times a day. Of those a tiny handful (less than 1% of the regular users) have had something negative to say about Humber. More users list a Humber in their profile than claim a Searider, Ribcraft or Osprey etc. So they can't be that bad!

Like all internet sites Ribnet suffers from people who shout loudly about the brands they currently own. Basically its brand snobbery - you'll be only too aware of the same thing in the motoring world. What are you looking for in a boat brand? a Ford, a Volkswagen, a Ferrari etc?

It would certainly be on my shortlist - whilst some of the others have built a reputation for amazing quality they've also got a reputation for being pricey. There are enough examples of some of the so called the better brands having niggles that need sorting to convinvce me, that just as in the car world, paying more doesn't necessarily garuntee a trouble free experience.
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