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Old 18 September 2016, 06:07   #1
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5.5 Humber or Delta

Looking for a decent rib for the family around the 5m size, doesn't need to be immaculate but not interested in a project boat. Maybe a Humber Assault/Attaque or a Delta rib
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Old 18 September 2016, 09:01   #2
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Given your location I would choose the Delta. However, they haven't supplied ribs to the public since the RCD came in as they specialised in the commercial market.

The Delta 5.5m is a nice rib but often spoilt by people putting too big a single or twin engines on them, keep it sensible and it will fly and be better balanced.

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What size engine?

What size engine do you deem to be too big for a Delta 5.5?
I have my eye on one but seems to be priced quite high, quite a bit over my intended budget! Should I push the boat out to get it?
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There was one on Hayling Island with a 150hp Merc V6. Went very quickly but always bow pointing skywards. Rogue wave was playing around one with small twins on, again bow pointed up. So weight in important.

Are you thinking about the one with the Honda 90 on it? could be good but without a serious sea trial difficult to know.

in 1988,the late Tommy Cecil from Rathlin Island rescued Richard Branson in his Atlantic air balloon flight just to the north of Rathlin. He didn't claim salvage and in return RB gave the island 25,000 for a number of projects including a lifeboat. They bought a Delta 5.5m which TC was always out and about in it until he bought the bigger Osprey Falcon.

The waters between Ballycastle and Rathlin are a fascinating mix of tides and currents but when it kicks up rough kind of nice to be sat in a Delta with that big bow.

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The one I'm looking at has a Yamaha 100hp
Fitted, also looking at a very tidy Humber Assault but at half the price is very tempting! My main concern is the shallow hull and low bow,. Chances are that I won't intentionally be out on rough seas but do have visions of making the trip to the IOM for the TT races. As you rightly say the Delta would be my choice for that trip but is it really worth 13k compared to 6.5k for the Humber? I also need to take into account that I could potentially be launching and retrieving this from a beach, on my own.
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Ouch, that is expensive. Why are you launching from a beach? NI has a huge number of free slipways most of which are really good and won't be a problem for a 5.5m rib.

Been across to the IOM from NI about 5 times in an Osprey Sparrowhawk. Boat managed fine but its a long trip particularly if you want to go around the other side to Douglas. Peel is easier.

Ditch the Assault, its not the boat for playing in the North Channel or going out of Strangford on an ebb tide.

There is a 5.8m Tornado on e bay but the engine is the naff 4 cly mariner.

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I'll mainly be out when staying at the caravan at weekends and holidays, we have always launched our small 14 foot cabin boat from here, handy for trips round the Copeland islands and fishing etc.
My wife isn't sold on a rib yet but I think it's the way forward!! Love the Delta I'm looking at, in mint condition, both boat and trailer but mighty expensive!
Surely somebody on here has one for sale within budget? Just a waiting game I'm sure, would just be nice to get a bit of use before the weather turns really nasty
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Bangor marina has a nice slip well protected which I used to launch single handed to fish off the Copelands. Another little harbour / marina just around the corner from Donagadee.

Keep a sharp look out in the run up to Chirstmas and be prepared to move quickly with cash always some bargains around.

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Is this too big?

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