Originally Posted by watersidemat
Humber Assault 4.7
Engines is another thing but thats for another time!
I bought a new RIBcraft 4.8m commercial last year after selling my Zodiac Pro. It had a shallow V hull and I spent more time airborne with heavy landings in anything other than a moderate sea. I was looking for something <18' feet (to garage and tow), hypalon tubes, a decent proven hull and a quality of finish that would be robust enough to withstand general wear and tear over the years.
I initially looked at a Humber Destroyer 5.0m (2.1m width), but revised my search to a RIBcraft 4.8m or a Ribquest 4.8m as I was worried about fitting the damn thing in the garage!
I visited Ribquest and met Dave Rose (in Sheffield) and was impressed with the level of care and attention that goes into his boats. However, such a solid construction ends up making it a little on the heavy side, and a decent sized engine (60-80hp) is required, depending on use, crew, etc. Also, Ribquest are really in the market for a buyer who buys all the bells and whistles.
Onto RIBcraft. After a bit of hassle in the beginning, I've ended up with a boat that I'm delighted with. I'm not one of their typical 'new-boat buyers', as it was a fairly basic build, with no engine rigging, A-frame or electronic gizmos as budget was extremely tight. However I did go for extra wear patches, internal grab handles, pressure release valves, double-jockey console/screen and integral fuel filter connected to 2x (25 litre tanks). Engine choice was a mint Twatsoo 60hp (2-stroke) that will be tweaked to 70hp. At 115kg, it's a great power-to-weight ratio. Other alternatives (if I had the cash) would have been a new Yamaha F60, or the ludicrously priced Yamaha F70, although, it's for the dress-white brigade at Cannes!
Any other info - then let me know.