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Old 13 June 2004, 12:19   #1
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New XS-600 / Merc Opti 150

Just got back from collecting our new RIB today. She's a 6metre XS-Rib (XS-600) with a Merc Optimax 150 on the back. Haven't got her into the wet stuff yet, Wednesday or Thursday looks likely to be its maiden voyage. Hoping to get near 50 kts from her running a Laser 2 prop.

Here's a few pics I took over the wkend of her:

1: In Barnet Marine's shop window. A big thank you to all the guys down there who were very helpful and professional and provided a top class service.

2: Pulled in at a lay-by on the M4. Tiring stuff this, I've had a total of 8hrs sleep in the last 48hrs!!

3: Pic of the hull.
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Old 13 June 2004, 12:27   #2
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...and some more taken at home this morning.


1: Side view
2: Top view, nice beamy boat, plenty of room.
3: Deep V hull, should give a nice comfortable, dry ride.
4: Delta seating configuration, very comfortable with plenty of storage below the seats
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Old 13 June 2004, 12:39   #3
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and some more!!

1: Centre console (Icom 401, Lowrance LMS 320, Smartcraft Speedo & Tacho, Plastimo 90)

2: Under deck loom keeps deck clean and free of cables and is sealed from the hull. Seastar hydraulic steering, Rule 1100 Bilge, Fuel-Water separator.

3: Where the magic happens!! Had her running in the middle of main st. Barnet you should have seen the looks Deep sound from the V6 is sweeeet!! Just wait til I get her into the water!!
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Old 13 June 2004, 12:56   #4
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Overall I'm very pleased with the boat. My main concern was the finish and build quality, but having seen the boat I must say I am very pleased with the quality of the finish. Everything is bolted, no screws (even though I supplied screws with my own GPS that I wanted to be fitted, they still replaced them with bolts). The overall finish and attention to detail really impressed me, the demo boat that was at RIBEX was in fact a very poor representation of the final quality of the finished customer product. The demo was one of the first boats built and so has a few rough edges, but these are all gone on mine!!
I wasn't allowed to take the boat away until all the fuses and wires were labelled and the boat given a thorough hoovering as it was a bit dusty from the workshop (looked clean to me!!) was given a full briefing on everything on the boat and I must say it felt like I was buying a boat 5 times the price!!

I'm not trying to plug Barnet Marine, but just feel I owe it to them to give them a mention here.

Ok maybe this is a plug
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Old 13 June 2004, 13:10   #5
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Congratulation with your new RIB, I am sure David has been a good helpful lad.
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Old 13 June 2004, 14:57   #6
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Congratulations

150 on a 6M.....
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Old 13 June 2004, 19:14   #7
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Congrats swginn!! no doubt we'll see u blasting around Roches Point or crook soon. I'll keep an eye out for you.......Thats if i can catch you
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Old 14 June 2004, 01:55   #8
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Congrats Swginn.

Looks great . Exams over so you should be free to enjoy it?

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Old 14 June 2004, 04:52   #9
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She is a fine looking boat.
I hope I get to see her in the flesh in July!!

By the way nice radio

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Old 14 June 2004, 04:52   #10
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Hi

Looks like a great rib - hope you have a lot of fun with it!

The Barnet Marine guys were very good with us as well when we picked our Tornado up. A good bunch of people to buy a boat from. We met up with Laurence Lock at RIBEX, and it looks like we're going to get our next dive club boat from him as well (XS 6m).

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