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Old 04 October 2002, 12:16   #1
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I am thinking of buying a Humber 7m ex demo does anyone have any opinions on these boats ?
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Old 04 October 2002, 12:21   #2
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Me too I am thinking of buying a an 8 metre Humber ocean Pro to put a diuesel engine in I would also like some opions.

Humber tell me they are excellent, and I am not unimpressed so far
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Old 04 October 2002, 12:25   #3
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Old 04 October 2002, 12:26   #4
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I used a 6.5m last year, very good hull design, but the gelcoat was very thin (yes, i scratched it).

Many seem to be sold after 3 yrs by dive clubs, wear + tear maybe.
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Old 04 October 2002, 12:34   #5
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At the moment I have a RIBCRAFT 5.85 which I like but a friend is thinking of joining me in ownership and we feel it would be best to start with an new boat.
Does anyone know if the Ribcraft is a heavy boat compared to Humbers ?
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Ribcraft are a very heavy lay up. When they first started producing ribs divers were worried that all the extra weight would mean slower speeds or less divers on board. This was in the days when twin 40s were thought to be big engines for a rib. I am not sure that weight is a good way of choosing a rib. What you really need to see is inside the hull when its being built. Early Ospreys (80s) were a bit ropey inside, but worked. With the introduction of the viper range things greatly improved with a series of half and full height GRP bulkheads every 25 cm. Light yes but it produced a very stong hull just by clever design. Deltas are also impressive if you can see inside them. Lots of thin ply boxes to give strength without excessive weight. Revenger showed part of a hull at one of the Earls Court boat shows one year. GRP hull, two longitute ply strips and a deck slapped on top. I bought the Osprey instead. Incidentally I would still like to know which Yorkshire Rib builder got caught using chip board for transoms in the mid 90s. See Colin Jones rib book, (but don't buy it). Ribtec ? hmm Alan P swears by them, but I just think they are expensive.
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Old 04 October 2002, 15:26   #7
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Do a search for humber.

I started a few posts a few months back when I was trying to decide between Humber and Ribcraft and got some good feedback.

For interest I ended up going for Ribcraft.

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Old 05 October 2002, 05:37   #8
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If either of you can make it to Suffolk you are more than welcome to have a trial on my Humber
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Old 05 October 2002, 15:32   #9
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Phil, what times the next train, I'd love too, I need to Ring Lurcher about something else so perhaps we might come up together.

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Old 05 October 2002, 19:26   #10
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Two Humbers for demo

I have the Ocean Pro, and the Extreme, 8.5 m and 7m
Both with diesel inboards, and used commercially, lots of hours on both, more than happy if someone would like to ask, or come up for a look.

Generally am very pleased, and would not hesitate to buy another,
in fact would not consider another make on the basis that what i have are both excellent.
Use both in very heavy seas, and between them both now have totalled over 2000 hours driving them.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

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