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Old 18 April 2006, 07:51   #1
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Views on Humber Assault

I am looking to purchase myself a new rib as I currently own a part share with some friends in a RIB.

I have been looking at 2nd hand Humber Assaults 5m+

Does anybody have any views on them?

Main use will be for coastal use around coast of South Wales and odd trips to Devon / Cornwall. Not intending to use it for skiing etc

Cheers for any advice
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Old 18 April 2006, 11:54   #2
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We have a 5.5m Assault with a Suzuki 70 four stroke for diving, itís a nice little boat & fairly fast in flat water. The only problem is itís not really a deep enough ĎVí for choppy water, with 6 divers & kit it goes through waves rather than over them (not so bad with only 4) We were restricted on what we could get because of where we store the boats (it had to be narrow enough to fit inside a container) the tubes could also do with being a bit bigger but I suppose it all depends on what you are going to do with it!
Itís also worth checking the ease of the controls, we found the routing of cables not to the best & after breaking 2 gear cables in a year we re-routed them & havenít had any problems since, and looking at a lot of Humbers it would appear we are not the only ones to have had this problem.
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Old 18 April 2006, 12:05   #3
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We had a 5.5 Assult, it came as a package e.g boat, engine, trailer.

We kept it for two years and served us well, here is some observations

1) I had to finish the boat off as somethings were poorly fitted and it was too far to go back to Hull, the worse being a blocked fuel line
2) Controls not routed that well i adjusted/changed
3) Boat was good and strong but limited i would say in what we could go out in, no surprise in that.
4) Seemed very industrial

Humbers are good boats, but i think they should spend more time on the finish, not the hull or toobs, but the nice bits
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Old 18 April 2006, 13:41   #4
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Any suggestions on alternatives then?
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Old 18 April 2006, 14:00   #5
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Any suggestions on alternatives then?
There are plenty of alternatives but this of course will depend on your budget.
You could go for my Seahawk 3 if within your budget
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Old 19 April 2006, 02:48   #6
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lots of choice, but do go look at the humbers, whilst you can see there were some issues they were easy to fix, even on my scorpion there is always some "tinkering " to be done, part of owning a boat and you really get to know your boat that way
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Old 19 April 2006, 04:02   #7
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depending on your budget.

http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co...33/?xreferer=1
http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co...45/?xreferer=1
http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co...42/?xreferer=1
http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co...46/?xreferer=1

Ribcraft are only 60 miles from you - go and have a look round their factory.

Ive yet to see a boat in this size range that I would rather have than my Ribcraft
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Old 19 April 2006, 06:29   #8
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Ribcraft are only 60 miles from you - go and have a look round their factory.

Ive yet to see a boat in this size range that I would rather have than my Ribcraft [/QUOTE]

Cheers - Will take a look at ribcraft as well - must admit after reading on here about them I was starting to look at ribcraft
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Old 23 April 2006, 06:03   #9
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Just seen this on ebay any views?



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I am going to follow advice though and have a look at Ribcraft as well
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Old 23 April 2006, 06:21   #10
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If it were me, I'd be off to see it, pronto.
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Old 23 April 2006, 06:26   #11
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Just seen this on ebay any views?



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I am going to follow advice though and have a look at Ribcraft as well

Er, that's shouting bargain to me! If it is as together as it looks in the pictures, that'd be a well sorted boat.

Seats look cracking. Engines aren't exactly new, but if looked after that shouldn't be a problem.

I say get £4.5k in cash, go up there and put it in his hand and drive away with a rib.
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Old 23 April 2006, 06:30   #12
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not sure about the way it sits on the trailer though? Its 300 mile trip from here to there some damage could be caused to the hull bouncing around.

I was not looking to buying another RIB until June though...
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Probably a good package, thirsty with twins though and those motors are pre-1990. 36knots, not likely, maybe 36mph at a push.
Those Mariners are rebadged Yamahas, bullet proof engines, should'nt give any trouble. Engines are manual start and manual tilt though, not sure I could put up with that for best part of £5k.
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Old 23 April 2006, 07:08   #14
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haha never mind 4.5k cash to drive it away, in the add i think he says if you out 4k cash in hand it will be accepted! sounds like a bargain, and looks in very good nick!
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Old 23 April 2006, 10:00   #15
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Unless I'm mistaken, isn't that Humber on Ebay an Ocean Pro hull? In which case it's light years better than an Assault. And a bargain. I'd be off to see it pronto as well.
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yeah i think you may be right, its an older version so not comparable to the ones they build now, its deff not a destroyer or assault hull that we see today!
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