My Humber Inflatable Boat – My First SIB

Humber 13.5FT Inflatable Boat

After spending 6 months or so researching the popular inflatable boat options I managed to get a good deal on a Humber 13.5 inflatable boat and 9.9 Mercury outboard on Ebay.  This was my first venture into boat fishing after spending a year or so kayak fishing.  The kayak fishing was great but I was on the lookout for something that could handle slightly rougher seas.  I’d come across the Humber inflatable boats before as they were and still are used by the RNLI.  If they’re good enough for them they’re good enough for me.

Humber inflatable boat side view

This setup came with a set of drop down launch wheels which were handy as the boat wasn’t light.  Especially as the flooring was made from solid wood an inch or so thick.  I could see from the boat design that is was fairly old and probably made in the 80’s.  It was old but still very usable.  The included out board engine was a Mercury 9.9hp 2 stroke which I later sold, although I’m regretting that decision now as it was a seriously fast motor.  My current Yamaha 9.9 4 stroke is nowhere near as fast as the 2 stroke Mercury.

Humber inflatable boat rear view

Humber inflatable boat underside

Humber inflatable boat front view

 

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