Hi folks - earlier this summer, needing a bigger RIB and having access to a sheltered local mooring, I went to look at this 7.3m Humber. The seller, a really nice Polish guy, had done quite a lot to the boat - rejuvenated the hull and tubes (incl. flexi paint
) and fitted new controls and made a new console himself (these boys can be very handy indeed
), new seats and a new auto bilge pump - he had also fully restored the trailer with new wheels, hubs, rollers and winch etc.
We sort of agreed a preliminary deal to buy it for €6k subject to my 5.5m Humber Attaque being sold first (I pretty much had it sold)
Now... I made a few calls around the RIB/Boating community locally here and spoke to a few guys, one is a well known and honest engine guy in Cork - he had viewed it previously for another client of his, he told me to "stay well clear of it" but wouldn't elaborate much more.... anyway, there was a generally negative air of opinion about the boat and the seller (one guy even going so far as to say the boat was for sale on a Scottish website with different seller details also - I looked but could never find this add) so I regretfully pulled in my horns and took my own boat off the market. I s'pose having agreed a deal at €5k for my own (old but good) boat, engine and trailer...... I was worried that this package was, well, uncomfortably cheap at only a grand more.....
Anyway, the guy is back from his annual holiday to Poland and he has re-listed his add and I am feeling regretful that I took everyone's advice and didn't buy it, especially as none of the advice was coupled with anything specific or concrete if I'm honest....
Do you guys know anything about the boat (particularly the Scots)? Are the repairs potentially hiding horrors? Why the newly constructed console? (or is it just a Polish lad looking after his property well, as they tend to do?) is the engine badly underpowered for such a big craft? And most importantly.... if it's bought for €6k (it's listed at €6800) for boat, Eng & trailer - is it worryingly cheap?
I had no worries about the boat itself whatsoever on the day I viewed it, everything was in order and as it should be generally. Except when I asked him to give it some revs for me in the barrel, he went to engage it into gear instead of just lifting the rev lever while in neutral - maybe a nervous sellers silly mistake but not something you'd expect a guy to do after 4 years of claimed usage.
Should I stick with my gut and leave it be or grab a bargain that is a LOT of boat for €6k? Obviously I'm aware that is my and only my decision but I wold appreciate any opinion, specific knowledge or advice. Thank you.