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Old 24 December 2007, 14:59   #21
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Mrgrumpy, you've no doubt read the MAIB report thread. I'm sure that rib looked fine before it failed so may I suggest you look more than skin deep when you view your proposed purchases.
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Old 24 December 2007, 15:07   #22
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If you use the search facility on this site, you'll bring up hours of 'interesting' reading on the previously mentioned manufacturers.
I am curious about this too. While I would be the last to argue that Humbers are not a bit "industrial" in the finishing department they do handle well and are built to last.
They are cheaper but the shortcomings are in the finishing department rather than build quality.
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Old 24 December 2007, 18:14   #23
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my humber lasted less than 2 weeks, it literally fell apart, was awfull,!!no help from the mess they call a factory!!
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Old 24 December 2007, 18:28   #24
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My old dive club is still using the 5.8m Destroyer bought over 14 years ago, the other one only went after about 15+ years of use and only because the engine blew up (literally), my assault took 4 years of abuse in some very rough seas and the hull and tubes were perfect when sold.
I have a Destroyer on order and while I don't expect the finish to be as good as a Ribcraft I expect it to last the abuse at least as well as the others.
I did have one problem with a tube leak six months after purchase with the last one but they put it right for free and chucked in a pile of extras on the hull like wear patches and reinforced bow for free for the inconvenience.
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Old 25 December 2007, 10:44   #25
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my humber lasted less than 2 weeks, it literally fell apart, was awfull,!!no help from the mess they call a factory!!
If I heard right, there was a Matt H. who turned up to collect a rib from Humber,unexpectedlyand his boat wasn,t even half built.I heard that he refused to leave until his boat was finished and then took it out of the factory into 70 degree heat! don't suppose your the same guy?
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Old 25 December 2007, 12:01   #26
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unexpectedlyand his boat wasn,t even half built.I heard that he refused to leave until his boat was finished and then took it out of the factory into 70 degree heat
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half built?? it was 99% built,
Refused to leave?? sat around whiile they stuck the boat together,
you should be a politician!! you must get the facts right kind sir!!

I suppose when someone gives you the date to pick up ,you pick it up!! and also receives a call from the Director the day before, saying its ready,you assume its ready,
when you get there, someone is still working on it,!! nice!!
would you want a second 470 mile round trip!! may be you would,
aren't humber ribs supposed to be used in the Summer?? mine wasn't, maybe they should put that bit of info in the brochure,
sure they used to be great boats but i guess standards have slipped dramatically in recent years so i have been told
my experience was a bad one like any company you occasionally come across,
having said that, the hull was fantastic, very fast and smooth, Mariner 90 f/s indicated 45 kts,
but i really hope they have done something about their customer services as they were a great british company!!
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Old 25 December 2007, 14:53   #27
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Toby,

Seeing as you are a Rib Builder from Hull, I guess you work for Humber?
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Old 25 December 2007, 16:05   #28
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Toby,

Seeing as you are a Rib Builder from Hull, I guess you work for Humber?
Chris,should maybe change to former rib builder (04/06),and not Humber.Matt,unreserved appologies if I was mis informed about circumstances.
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Old 25 December 2007, 17:10   #29
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its no prob really
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