So, there I am launching Red Mist on Sunday at our local sailing club slipway and parked on the slip is a spanking new Humber rib, the boat house manager says its the clubs new rescue boat, VERY nice, we chatted about the new one and I asked what happened to the old one, "nothing it's still in the boat shed" was his reply, "would you be interested in buying it?" Guess what? I did.
It's a 2005 Humber Destroyer with a 2011 Yamaha F80. The engine looks like its just come out the showroom but unfortunately the same cant be said for the boat. Structurally it's sound, the starboard tube cone end has caught the pontoon and punctured, a couple of the hatches need replaced and it needs several buckets of Power Spray and elbow grease. It's also been antifouled religiously at the beginning of every season so its on quite thick and peeling in places.
It'll be a nice winter project, a bit of scraping, scrubbing and tube work and it should be good to go.
Decisions, decisions. Do I keep Red Mist and punt this on or do I keep the Humber? It's a newer hull and newer engine but I'm reckoning its not going to be the most thrilling of rides with an 80 on it.