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14/01/2013 - Humber Destroyer 5.5m Editorial
Humber Destroyer 5.5m editorial, from VAL Navtika magazine in Solvenia.
This time we will change to present a very interesting inflatable boats manufacturer, which does not come from the Mediterranean part. It is a company HUMBER inflatables from Great Britain, which for 50 years has manufactured high-performance inflatable boats for very turbulent northern seas and oceans. It says a lot already by the fact that they have already made 11,000. From this year, the Humber is also present in the Mediterranean (Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria) space through a company Neptune Nautica, d. about. about. from Izola. Their range is really large vessels, special vessels for the coast guard, police, pilots, judges at the races, all the way to pleasure craft and entertainment. Divided by five in the series and each one is made with great sense of sea and space allocation. They are characterized by excellent final production, use the best materials, Hypalon and polyester fiber and high "V" hull, allowing navigation in almost any situation on the high seas. Simply put, constructed the boats, in all weather and can depart as quickly as possible to help the crew of small ships and vessels in trouble. Its shape suggests that it is an extremely fast and easy to navigate vessel. At first view it surprised us live yellow Tubular and fresh design approach, which is reflected in every detail of construction and use of modern and high quality materials. The basis for making the 1100dtx inflatable hypalon to produce tracheal tube and classic fortified bottom of polyester knitted and "rowing". High "V" hull as a guarantee for a good navigation on the troubled sea. In this model, a working vessel and as such does not need too many accessories on the deck. Control panel and helmsman's seat riding type are placed in the bow of the boat rather than a whole, as it acquires more urgently needed space on the stern. Under the console behind 71-litre fuel tank with gauge on the steering wheel and space for the battery. The distance between the wheel and the skipper is suitable. The seat is well padded, backrest is properly positioned and standing passenger for it will provide enough security, it is equipped with a strong grip from a semicircular stainless steel. Walking part of the boat is fully coated with nonskid finish and is completely level. Only to feed themselves in the mirror to deepen the compound, where the drain plug ballast water. It empties itself at transom of rib with a ventura draining system. Storage or anchor rope in the bow in a dry place, which is closed by a hatch. Along the length of tracheal tube installed safety rope and grips, safety crew. All electricity and cable that leads from the control console to the engine, hidden in a special tube in the hold.
Humber is a Commerical Sport boat for a wide range of users and excellent an supreme vessel. Construction to assure use in all conditions with one or more members of the crew. Light weight, advanced materials and excellent design, resulting in low maintenance costs as well as transportation.
13/12/2012 - Humber earning the ISO 9001: 2008 certification
Humber Ribs - Humber earning the ISO 9001: 2008 certification for Design, Manufacture and Supply of Rigid Inflatable Craft. This quality-management certification is awarded to organizations that meet the rigorous criteria for assuring quality in the products or services they provide their customers.
Humber is one of the most respected RIB builders in Europe with craft in service world-wide. Using proven techniques Humber provide turnkey packages and bespoke craft. Humber manufacture Ribs from 3.1m up to 11m in length including both open and enclosed craft, fast pursuit, and rapid deployment craft. Designed to withstand the toughest conditions. Humber vessels are in service with rescue organisations, NGO's, police authorities, customs & excise and professional operators as well as recreational users around the globe.
By applying best practices and providing a means to measure and deliver quality to reduce inconsistencies, ISO certification helps strengthen performance on all our sites. Using the internationally recognized standard for quality-management practices, ISO certification also helps improve the customer experience with a systematic approach to managing processes and procedures. Humber has introduced a global quality-management system built upon ISO 9001:2008 standards that provide guidelines for establishing and implementing quality policies for the company.
11/12/2012 - Humber Ribs still standing the test of time!
Dear The Roffee family,
I write to you to say thank you for many years of happy and secure boating I have had while using your boats for the past 30 years and more. As you are aware I have purchased several boats from you during my diving career which began in 1970 and have always been impressed by the quality and reliability of your product, this summer I had an event which will remain in my memory for a long time and I cannot let it pass without saying an extra thank you to you and your team.
On the 30th August this year I set out for what I thought to be a normal summerís day diving from our home port of Bridlington in Nereus my 13 year old Humber Destroyer. We launched across the beach as usual and decided to go to the wreck of HMS Falmouth about 6 miles from the beach, on the way we stopped and spoke to the skipper of a local angling boat about the somewhat gloomy weather and the plentiful supply of mackerel. On arrival at the wreck site the first divers went in and I put the mackerel feathers in for some bait and tea. After 30 minutes the divers surfaced and I prepared to dive, as I sorted the gear out I noticed that a rain squall was forming inshore over Bridlington and told the crew to keep an eye on the surface conditions. After 20 minutes in the water I heard our emergency come up signal and made my way up the anchor line.
At the surface I found horizontal torrential rain and a freshening wind. At this point we assumed that this was a thundery summer squall which would quickly pass but nevertheless decided to abandon the day and head for the beach. By the time we had recovered the anchor it was obvious that this was not a passing squall but was rapidly turning into something way more serious. The wind had gone from a light air of wind from the SW to a fresh breeze from the north. As we set off for the beach the slight chop turned very rapidly into a deepening Northerly swell which continued to mount. The wind was increasing rapidly to gale force. The journey to HMS Falmouth normally takes us 18 to 20 minutes the return took in excess of an hour. During that hour the sea conditions deteriorated rapidly to a point where I began to doubt my ability to get us ashore. The swell grew to around 3 meters and was continually breaking, I was unable to get the boat up on the plane going head up (the direction we need to go) so we had to run across the surf most of the time. The boat took a tremendous battering, falling off the top of some swells and being alternately thrown sideways and filled up by others, diving gear and crew ending up in jumbled heaps on the deck.
When we eventually reached the shore the wind was blowing a steady force 9 gusting 11 and as, expected the beach was deserted except for debris being bowled along in the gale. The local boat skipper had already run for it and later told me that according to the coastguard the wind went from SW3-4 to N 8-9 in 20 minutes. Given that my Humber Destroyer is 13 years old and was overhauled by you 2 years ago I stand in awe of the quality of your workmanship and design. I have witnessed several of your competitors vessels suffer major failures of tubes and hulls in weather nowhere near as severe.
A small amount of the boatís emergency rum supply was spilt on the hull of Nereus to appease whichever god we must have offended and the rest was poured down the crew to steady nerves and return circulation. In 40 years of diving and fishing for living in the North Sea I have rarely been in such challenging conditions and am quite convinced that in a lesser boat the day would not have ended so well.
Nereus is now tucked up as usual in the garage for winter but will get an extra spring clean and polish before coming out for next season.
Once again a big thank you for providing me with such safe and sturdy boats over many years.