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Old 05 October 2009, 11:03   #11
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Thanks all - glad it does'nt appear to be a complete lemon ... just yet!!

Will let you know how we get on when we pick her up - still very worried I've done the right thing especially as it's not clear on what model Humber she might be *gulp*

Quick update - have just spoken to the current owner, he seems very nice so hope I'm not upsetting a RIBnet member with this thread!! - she was decommissioned and he then rebuilt her as apparently the MOD "package" up their boats - engines and rib are original, he then added the electronics (all of which work) and added the extra pod seats with stainless steel inbuilt fuel tanks underneath.

The owner is a Powerboat and Sailing Instructor and upgrading to a bigger RIB (still a decommission) with inboard diesal - so she has been used as a safety vessel

He has a certificate issued by Humber stating she is an Ocean Pro as apparently the MOD strip registration numbers and remove identity plates - apparently this gives her some authenticity

The only current issue not flagged in the description is that the brakes on the trailer are not connected to the tow hitch - so we will need to fix this

He serviced the engines himself, replacing a prop that he knocked.

The hull is antifouled - how do you check a sound hull when it's antifouled?? - mind you I suppose as she is afloat and he will be taking us down in her to the slip - we will soon see if she's not sea worthy!! - can you scrape antifoul off or is it best left on??

She's down in Sandwich - hopefully picking up on Sunday due to tides etc - if anyone else can think of anything else we need to check or do - it would be much appreciated - I know it's not masses of money for a RIB but it's all my savings *sniff sniff* - so trying to be as careful as possible, between having major panic attacks.

To be fair I did say that if we found her in three pieces with a trailer not roadworthy we would'nt continue the sale and he seemed very happy that this was'nt the case!! - poor bloke

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Old 05 October 2009, 12:21   #12
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Best thing to do is to find a decent Marine Surveyor to give the boat the once over before you even set off.
He checks should include scraping some antifoul off in various places and taken moisture readings.
Least you know the boat is more or less sound. Your insurance company might want a survey completed anyway?
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Old 05 October 2009, 12:25   #13
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Its definitely not a Destroyer, looks more like a Pro or similiar to me.
You can have the rubbing strip on the Destroyer bow with channel, you just need to pay extra for it!
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Old 05 October 2009, 12:48   #14
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Its definitely not a Destroyer, looks more like a Pro or similiar to me.
You can have the rubbing strip on the Destroyer bow with channel, you just need to pay extra for it!
aha, learn something new every day.

It looks a lot of boat for the money, irrespective of exact model.

Perhaps the high shear bow of present day OPs is more pronounced than OP models built some time ago???? Anyone know?
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Old 05 October 2009, 14:04   #15
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My Destroyer bow, fitted with reinforced bow.
I have found it worth getting this bow reinforcing to both the Humbers I have owned, its a couple of hundred quid but it means I can put mine against the rocks to get ashore and also not mark the tubes pulling in a fairly substantial anchor and chain.
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Old 05 October 2009, 15:05   #16
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I predict a "how best to clean up my tubes" thread on Sunday night!

With a good clean and a bit of tidying up that looks like it will be a really nice boat. And if I was looking for a boat of that size, for the application you have in mind, and had 6k sitting in my pocket it would have got my attention. I like to think that you have agreed the price and could have asked any questions before hand so I would see any attempt to renegotiate the price now as really cheeky unless there is some material fact that wasn't disclosed / as per description. That said I know at least one person who would intentionally pull out the sale now just to piss off the buyer - and then come in under a different username and offer 5.5k or less!

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Old 05 October 2009, 15:07   #17
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I think I'm destined to never own a RIB - having made arrangements for a survey (not that I've heard back from the seller yet) - we've then spent the last 2 hours re-arranging the drive and it does'nt matter which way we shift everything it's not going to fit

Utterly gutted - and yes I know I should have thought of this beforehand but it just seemed such a cracking opportunity - so back to the drawing board and a shorter Destroyer

Thanks again for all your help and congratulations - feel very disappointed and I'm sure the seller thinks I'm a right wally and total time waster

If anyone would like his details let me know - I'm sure he would be keen to sell off of eBay to someone who knows what they are doing!

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Old 05 October 2009, 15:10   #18
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I predict a "how best to clean up my tubes" thread on Sunday night!

With a good clean and a bit of tidying up that looks like it will be a really nice boat. And if I was looking for a boat of that size, for the application you have in mind, and had 6k sitting in my pocket it would have got my attention. I like to think that you have agreed the price and could have asked any questions before hand so I would see any attempt to renegotiate the price now as really cheeky unless there is some material fact that wasn't disclosed / as per description. That said I know at least one person who would intentionally pull out the sale now just to piss off the buyer - and then come in under a different username and offer 5.5k or less!

What's the white thing on top of the A-frame?
Sadly we've pulled the sale but not to get it cheaper - no we would'nt re negotiate or at least not as long as his description was fair - he seems a very genuine guy and I feel really bad to have treated him so poorly but at the end of the day we need her to sit on the drive - lesson learnt - hopefully not at too much expense
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I think I'm destined to never own a RIB - having made arrangements for a survey (not that I've heard back from the seller yet) - we've then spent the last 2 hours re-arranging the drive and it does'nt matter which way we shift everything it's not going to fit

Utterly gutted - and yes I know I should have thought of this beforehand but it just seemed such a cracking opportunity - so back to the drawing board and a shorter Destroyer

Thanks again for all your help and congratulations - feel very disappointed and I'm sure the seller thinks I'm a right wally and total time waster

If anyone would like his details let me know - I'm sure he would be keen to sell off of eBay to someone who knows what they are doing!

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Old 05 October 2009, 15:18   #20
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Hi Polwart - good idea and we have looked at it - the nearest and cheapest is 1000 for the year so more than we can afford currently - it all feels a bit impossible at the moment so going to give RIB buying a rest - don't want to upset anybody else!!

Once again thanks all for the support and feedback really appreicated and I'm sure at some point we will be able to put all your help to good use

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