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Old 26 January 2004, 15:33   #21
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Humber Strengths

I read with interest the comments passed on reported crazing to a Humber and my comments are based upon experience.

We have used their hulls for 12 years with each vessel carrying many thousand of pax per year and operating the famous "bitches" tides off W Wales. .
The vessels have no problems in doing 10 years hard service and then it is only a case of the tubes starting to wear. Our boarding means powering the vessel against an old concrete slipway often in a very heavy swell.

We also supply these vessels including to wind farms. Below is a pic of one fitted out by us to the N Hoyle Windfarm where she undertakes day and night transfers up to the pylons in a 3m swell.

Most critically though are some drop tests that we recently undertook. The norm is a 3m test so we lifted a 10m boat to 6m in the sky and dropped it. Absolutely perfect. This we have on video for doubters.

Thus in our opinion they are very strong and not withstanding the above note :

1. We all think the brand we hold/use is the best.
2. Every product will have its problems from time to time (RHIBs are made by humans)
3. Producing the most boats Humber should just by odds get more probs in terms of numbers but I would hazard a guess that in % they have the least.
4. It is heartening to see that they, and without prejudice, offered immediate assistance.
5. Why do they sell more than anyone else - it canít just be price and ask any dealer - selling a secondhand Humber is easy.

Yes we are biased but our decision to use their product is based on very strong foundations.

And then of course in some peopleís eyes you will be damned if you do and damned if you donít.

Cheers

John
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Old 27 January 2004, 04:26   #22
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Humber Strength

I to use my 3 Humbers for passenger carrying 'abuse' and in the 4 years since i have had my original 8.5 have had no problems at all, with the strength of any of the hulls, Johns thread above is much much more of a testimony to Humber -- if i had any doubts i would not buy them.

The fact that in this position is that Humber will take the boat back, if you thnk you have a problem and repair it, no questions asked, which is pretty good. The idea that you do not fancy taking it back to hull to do so is a pretty weak point, i am sure if you had bought a new car and the paint started to crack -- you would have it back at the garage you bought it from within days??

I have found that with new buy boats, people love to blame the maker? stress cracks, writing a boat off? could have hit something? i would not admit it either -- if the boat was pretty new.

My 8.5 i am well and still immpressed with, to the fact that rather than replace the boat this year, which is what i was going to do, i am putting a new engine in it instead. still A1 hull after 4 years of hard hard work ... i have not even put any more air in the tubes since i collected it from Hull.

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Old 27 January 2004, 04:39   #23
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Re: Humber Strength

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i have not even put any more air in the tubes since i collected it from Hull.

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Thats coz Scottish air is denser, and so it holds the weedy English air in!
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Old 27 January 2004, 04:42   #24
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I have always been happy with my choice of boat, but quinquarimarine's and seafariskye's posts are giving a realy warm smug glow inside.
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Old 27 January 2004, 08:19   #25
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am sure if you had bought a new car and the paint started to crack -- you would have it back at the garage you bought it from within days??

Nope, I'd take it back to the nearest dealer. That's partly what a dealership is for.


I have always been happy with my choice of boat, but quinquarimarine's and seafariskye's posts are giving a realy warm smug glow inside.

Don't get too glowing, read between the lines.
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Old 27 January 2004, 09:45   #26
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I'm somewhat suprised to read that one of the reasons you think Humbers are so good is that having paid several £k for one, and having found stress fractures despite them checking each boat at least 3 times prior to collection, that you only have to take it back to Hull for them to repair it free of charge.

Just how bad do things have to get before you demand some action, like maybe them coming down to you to inspect it/repair it.

Out of interest, I had a look at a Humber Extreme for someone the other day, I can only assume that the quality differs between work/pleasure boats as it was quite possibly the worst finished rib I have ever seen.

What with flush fitting access plates held in with a couple of self tappers, and false finishing panels on both inner & outer transoms that looked like it was made to fit a completely different rib. As for the console, what is all that about.

The boat looked like it was 10 years old, instead of 18 months.
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Old 27 January 2004, 10:29   #27
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Don't get too glowing, read between the lines.
Sorry, not seeing anything, can you tell me instead?
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Old 27 January 2004, 11:37   #28
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Eh?

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Don't get too glowing, read between the lines.

Aye .. eh ... what does that mean ?

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Old 27 January 2004, 16:12   #29
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I agree with Pete - if you have some thing to "say between the lines" then say it rather than confuse others with a lack of transparency.

Cheers

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ps . Pete - we are hoping to have a demo 12m/4m wide twin diesel in about 4 months if you fancy a go. Full internal seating for twelve plus external seating for 12 - boat specifically designed for CAT2 for the whale job. Tony has a copy of our GA plans (and adding his oar/thoughts !!) .If on schedule will be at RIBEX & workboat. J
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Old 27 January 2004, 18:13   #30
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thanks for that -- have pm'ed you ref the above ........

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