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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.

Michael Radley

07/12/2012 - Humber Send Second Load Of Assaults

Humber have just despatched the second consignment of seven Assault 4.3m RIBS making their way across the continent to their final destination. The boats will be used by various Sailing Academyís as support and rescue vessels.


The RAF Sub-Aqua Association (or RAFS-AA), like its Army and Navy counterparts promotes and supports sub-aqua diving as an adventurous training (AT) activity within the Armed Forces, and in particular the Royal Air Force. This wide ranging remit includes providing support to RAF Sub-Aqua clubs, offering advice on the implementation of sub-aqua and AT policy and regulations, running sub-aqua instructor training courses under the BSAC banner and acting as a conduit for inter-branch communication.

In addition to this, and unique to the other sub-aqua associations, RAFS-AA also runs its own expedition centre on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic for expeditions from all 3 Services to use throughout the year. Typically, in excess of 200 divers per year visit the island as part of sub-aqua expeditions. Maintaining the infrastructure and equipment from 4000 miles away in the UK is not an easy task. The Expedition Centre is not funded or supported by ATG(A) as the centres in Gibraltar and Cyprus are, it is in effect a private operation that RAFS-AA chooses to provide for the good of all 3 services diving communities.

The RAF Sub-Aqua Association have just collected two new Humber Sea Pro 4.8m RIBS to there fleet now made up of five Humber Ribs. SGT Matt Osgood Deputy Equipment Offcier came to collect the crafts who has only recenlty returned from the Ascension Island. He informed us that the boats will now be making there way to RAF Marchwood were they will be kept for two weeks whilst fitting the engines and safety equipment before being sent over to the Ascensions Islands, the majority of equipment sent out to Ascension goes by ship which takes 6 weeks. The boats will then be moored up until the beginning of 2013 season in the English Bay.

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