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Old 06 September 2010, 09:24   #31
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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.
Indeed, have a look at the JDPower surveys - more often than not, there is a matter of a few points of percentage between the top 5 in the reliability stakes, even although popular opinion would have you believe that certain brands of vehicle are hugely more reliable than others.
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Old 06 September 2010, 14:26   #32
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Hi I have an ocean pro 6.3 inboard diesel, cant say I've any problems, did buy it 2nd hand. Now 9 year old, will buy another but hull and consule only. been through some rough seas handles very well. Has a dive set up.

Friend has ocean pro 6.3 with verado 150 3year old went back to humber twice with transom cracks, transom now double the thickness.

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Old 06 September 2010, 16:11   #33
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Hi I have an ocean pro 6.3 inboard diesel, cant say I've any problems, did buy it 2nd hand. Now 9 year old, will buy another but hull and consule only. been through some rough seas handles very well. Has a dive set up.

Friend has ocean pro 6.3 with verado 150 3year old went back to humber twice with transom cracks, transom now double the thickness.

Chris.

Hi Chris, Can you give me an idea of the performance / consumption figures for your rib?
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Old 06 September 2010, 16:21   #34
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Ocean pro 6.3, it's a tried and tested hull by many in many environments. I'vefound it very dry and seaworthy after having a 5.4 searider.

150 optimax. 1-1.5 l per mile, speed and weight dependant. 50mph wot with 140L on board two up.

I think they humber are of similar ilk other than the new sport numbers. Practical, solid, high shear bow for dryness, deep V and great sea handling with tubes touching water at the rear so v stable but not the fastest. Interior is just how you spec it and who fits it. The more luxury you want the more you pay.
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Old 06 September 2010, 18:04   #35
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sorry 175 opti! It's late!
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Old 06 September 2010, 18:36   #36
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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.
well put polwart, although garuntee is spelt guarantee,
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I bought a new rib from Humber in 2007 (nov), the fabric is now showing signs of blistering. The response from Humber was to cover it with 'patches'. My opinion would be to pay for a more expensive craft with a higher quality tube fabric, also a proven aftersales service.
Check the warranty on faulty materials etc.
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Old 08 September 2010, 18:02   #38
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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.
Thats just Bollicks, no one has said that Humber are no good simply that there may be other and possibly better options out there. I tried Humber, Ribcraft, Ribeye(don't tell Twim) and Ribtecs out when I was in the market for a new boat and liked all of them I just felt the rib I bought was the better boat. As with any posts on here it is only my opinion and you are welcome to listen or ignore it.

Rogue Wave has a lot of experience in driving most makes of Rib in some of the most challenging conditions Ribs are used in, many of which are large Humbers of derivatives of. He has no axe to grind and has never owned an Osprey.

THe boat that is being recommended by Mollers is owned by someone who "knows their stuff" when it comes to putting a rib together and the boat is a well put together proven rig. Whats wrong with suggesting it is a good buy
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Old 08 September 2010, 18:15   #39
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I bought a new rib from Humber in 2007 (nov), the fabric is now showing signs of blistering. The response from Humber was to cover it with 'patches'. My opinion would be to pay for a more expensive craft with a higher quality tube fabric, also a proven aftersales service.
Check the warranty on faulty materials etc.
your tube material, pennel orca should have a 5 year warranty, it should be up to humber to inspect it and take it up with pennel
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