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Old 25 April 2014, 04:53   #1
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First RIB wanted- Humber/Ribcraft

I am seeking my first RIB which has been on my to-do list for some time.

Ribcraft or Humber ideally.
5.8m to 6.3m.
Age no older than 5 years.
Outboard power around 100hp.
Seeking a very good unabused example.
With trailer.
Tried to buy one on ebay but seller is a timewaster.
Hope someone can help with my wish list...
Cash waiting for the right boat. Realsitic budget.
Based in deepest Scotland but happy travel.

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Old 25 April 2014, 05:31   #2
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I am seeking my first RIB which has been on my to-do list for some time.

Ribcraft or Humber ideally.
5.8m to 6.3m.
Age no older than 5 years.
Outboard power around 100hp.
Seeking a very good unabused example.
With trailer.
Tried to buy one on ebay but seller is a timewaster.
Hope someone can help with my wish list...
Cash waiting for the right boat. Realsitic budget.
Based in deepest Scotland but happy travel.

Thanks
John
Shouldn't have any problems finding a Humber...but a Ribcraft may well take a little more 'Leg Work' .....although some of us would say it's defiantly worth it
Try giving the Factory a ring,they often know about boats for sale, or coming up,which aren't on the Web site.
Best of luck!
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Old 25 April 2014, 07:30   #3
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Thanks for that.
Been in touch with Ribcraft, nowt doing but gave me link to falmouth
Ribcraft 585 for sale, Ribcraft 585 on brokerage with trailer
Not sure about the price....
Any opinion?
I was led to believe Humber n Ribcraft were of similar standing?
Ta
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Old 25 April 2014, 08:10   #4
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Ribcraft 585 and Humber 6/6.3 Ocean Pro appeal to the same group of ribbers, both boats are extremely capable and strongly constructed.
I would just keep looking at the market and find a good one of either make.
I would definitely look at upping your engine size to circa 150 bhp .
Good hunting.
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Old 25 April 2014, 09:37   #5
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RC 585 and Humber OP 6.3 are a different beast.

Owning a Humber, I would say RC are slightly better finished, but you not only pay more at the RRP but you pay more 2nd hand. The ever so slight better finish is neglible, but evident. In terms of performance in the water and durability, there's nothing much in it, unless you compare apples with pears. ie A shallow V Humber vs a deep V RC for example. The RC 585 is a very nice boat, but there are less of them than say the 6m Destroyer which is a fairer comparison. The Ocean Pro is a different hull than the destroyer and is a very highly rated, tested over time hull that has done cross Atlantic and Arctic Challenges. It has more spray rails giving a drier ride and sits slightly higher in the water at speed. It is slightly more expensive than the Destroyer but you gets what you pay for. There's more variety in the Humber hull models and they also all come in different beam sizes. The two most common of your size i would say are the 585 RC and the 6m Humber Destroyer, then the bigger 6.3m Ocean Pro Humber and the 6.5m RC. Parked next to eachother, the two different size boats look like they are twice the size. Whilst only 0.3m longer (Humber) Typically the volume of the boat and overall size could circa 30% bigger as the beam is usually bigger too. Factor that in and you need a bigger engine and fuel tanks etc on the bigger boats, more running costs etc

Go look at them and make your own mind up, but your initial thoughts of RC or Humber are in not far off the mark. I personally would include Ribquest of recent years too. They fit in the similar bracket of price and build. All IMHO. Good luck.
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Old 25 April 2014, 14:42   #6
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Ribcraft are a far better finished boat than the Humber. This is reflected in the prices they respectively achieve.
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Old 25 April 2014, 15:18   #7
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Hello, we used to have a Humber but upgraded to an XS 650 which is fantastic, however she is now for sale due to kids growing up. Take a peek and contact us if of any interest XS Ribs 6.5m DeLuxe rib For Sale
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Ribcraft are a far better finished boat than the Humber. This is reflected in the prices they respectively achieve.

Quote: far better finished. LOL "far" is a subjective word. This forum makes me laugh in that opinion is considered without a subjective or objective viewpoint. What are you prepared to pay? What do you want from a boat? Make your own mind up. A lot on here are persuaded by their view and others. A ribeye can be perfect for one, a disaster for others!! A Humber, ribcraft, scorpion the same.


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Ribcraft are better finished than Humber. An RC is a well put together product. However, as popular as they are, I'm not a huge fan of the RC585, prone to being bow light and a bit bouncy in my opinion. For my money, the 5.8 Vipermax is the pick of the 5.8ers, but they are a rare beast in the classified sections.

OP, take care to filter out the 'big-up what you own' effect. It permeates into most 'advice' threads.
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Quote: far better finished. LOL "far" is a subjective word. This forum makes me laugh in that opinion is considered without a subjective or objective viewpoint. What are you prepared to pay? What do you want from a boat? Make your own mind up. A lot on here are persuaded by their view and others. A ribeye can be perfect for one, a disaster for others!! A Humber, ribcraft, scorpion the same.
Humber are a budget RIB (by UK built standards). Ribcraft are anything but. They're both good RIBs, but paying for either is a totally different experience. It's reflected in the spec offered as standard and to some extent, the finish. Quality of build is a different discussion and one I am not experienced enough to comment on but I'd go to sea in either without any concerns....
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