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Old 08 June 2007, 03:21   #1
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New 5m Rib...Any suggestions/experience??

Have decided I'm going to get a new Rib as soon as i've sold my fishing boat and saved up the necessary additional cash....
I want a rib with good handling for skiing etc, good sea keeping qualities and high speed cruising ability without working the engine too hard.
My current thoughts are towards a 5m humber destroyer fitted with a 90Hp motor, either a Tohatsu TLDI or an Etec (Opti ruled out on weight grounds).

Any advice/reccomendations experiences warmly welcomed.....
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Old 08 June 2007, 06:07   #2
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I have a Humber Ocean Pro 5.3 with a tohatsu 90 TLDI. I think this combination offers really good value for money. Fast (40knts and i still need to get a different prop so should get a couple more knts out of it), handles well in the rough stuff, easy to trailor. However, it's more of a work boat, but that is what i was after at the time (loads of deck space, easy to clean etc). Depends on what you would like to use it for and your budget.

I'm my view i don't think you get a cheaper boat at around 5m than the Humber + tohatsu that is good in the rough stuff. The tohatsu is also a very good engine. You can also buy direct from humber for a discount.

However, if i had the money i would prob buy a ribcraft, but they are a lot more expensive, but you do get what you pay for as they are very good boats.

any help?
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Old 08 June 2007, 08:04   #3
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Have decided I'm going to get a new Rib as soon as i've sold my fishing boat and saved up the necessary additional cash....
I want a rib with good handling for skiing etc, good sea keeping qualities and high speed cruising ability without working the engine too hard.
My current thoughts are towards a 5m humber destroyer fitted with a 90Hp motor, either a Tohatsu TLDI or an Etec (Opti ruled out on weight grounds).

Any advice/reccomendations experiences warmly welcomed.....
As a manufacturer I'll let others tell you what they think about our boats, but our 6m is available in shorter lengths down to 5 metres - we make boats to order but at reasonable prices - if you're not too far away we're about 30+ minutes the other side of Plymouth, so come and see us!
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Old 08 June 2007, 08:23   #4
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As a manufacturer I'll let others tell you what they think about our boats, but our 6m is available in shorter lengths down to 5 metres - we make boats to order but at reasonable prices - if you're not too far away we're about 30+ minutes the other side of Plymouth, so come and see us!
Cookee I've been trying to reach you by PM or Email for days, can you empty your inbox a little

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Old 08 June 2007, 08:33   #5
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I replied to your email!
Here is the answer in case it didn't come through ...........

Hi Andy,

Sorry I was stuffing my face - I did see you wondering around, but likewise never got to say hi - next time feel free to interrupt me!

What you'll need is the indicator style switches - we use them on the race boat, and you can alter the trim without taking your hands off the steering wheel. They are available from Hypro marine and the retail is 66.76 + VAT, but worth it - they fit onto the hub behind the wheel and don't move with the wheel - altogether much better and more reliable than the switches on the steering wheel.

Hope that helps - give me a call if you have any problems getting hold of one and I'll get it for you,

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Thanks Cookee Looks like a neat solution.

As for RIB purchase, I guess most 5-5.5m RIBs will have a fairly good performance with a 90.

Don't know much about Humbers, but Ribcrafts are good. I think there are many manufacturers out there making a good product in this size range. Have you considered a Searider 5.4?
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Old 08 June 2007, 12:50   #7
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Check out Jono Garton he'll sort you out a good deal on a Humber
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Check out Jono Garton he'll sort you out a good deal on a Humber

Seconded. The 5.5 Destroyer he does is one of the best ribs i have driven. Jono does them with a 90 opti and they go very well.

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Marky, i have owned quite a few different types of ribs and boats, i.e

5 meter tornado
4.7 avon
4.8 ribcraft
5 m zodiac
17 dauntless boston

and none of them even come close to the excellent sea keeping of a 5.25 osprey viper, these boats handle choppy seas like much bigger boats and better in some cases. The 5.25 viper i believe has the widest beam than any other boat in its class (2.5 m) and when in a following sea it keeps you as stable as you like, not to mention the excellent deep vee to power through a head sea. I love ribcrafts boats but there no better than osprey for seakeeping
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Old 08 June 2007, 23:06   #10
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Thanks for all the super quick responses folks!
Unless I come across something secondhand that fits the bill perfectly I think I will definately be looking to buy new.
The Humber destroyer/ocean pro certainly look like some of the best value boats around and while I would love a ribcraft it may be stretching finances a bit too far. The 5m XS looks like a nice good value boat but I'm not at all sure about the hull design/handling characteristics, the tubes look very close to the water when underway at speed.

I'm also considering a 5m ocean pro with the 2m beam as it will be easier to store (hopefully in the garage!), Psychopic, is yours a 2m or 2.3 beam?
Keeping the all up weight to less than 750kg for towing would also be good and hopefully possible for a 5m boat.

I've used an avon sr4.7 (60hp) and a 5.4(75hp) alot in the past, the 4.7 was great fun but a little too small and the 5.4 a touch to heavy/large for what I want.

I have a 2005 Hatsu 50 (not tldi) at the mo and do have a soft spot for them, have seen new TLDI 90's for under the 5k mark too. The Etec 90 does look the buisness tho but is a fair bit dearer(really wish tohatsu would revise the 90's cowl along the lines of the 115 tldi!), Anyone here have experience of both? Guess the e-tec may be better on fuel and more refined????

Cookie...I'll pm you and may be you could mail me some details?? Prob be spending a night or 2 in plymouth when I've got leave so i'll try to pop up!
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