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Old 19 November 2004, 13:31   #1
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Pettal & his XS-700 on the Solent

Guess who I saw today on the Solent. I was running in our new Club dive boat an XS-600 and saw Pettal with his new XS-700 also running it in. Tomorrow he heads home across the English Channel.

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Old 19 November 2004, 13:38   #2
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Looks very smart. I think Pettal may start a new trend - the skipper dressed to match the boat!
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Old 19 November 2004, 13:54   #3
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Do hope not, my boat is called Tickled Pink!!!!!!!!!
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Old 19 November 2004, 14:23   #4
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Old 19 November 2004, 16:10   #5
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Looks very smart. I think Pettal may start a new trend - the skipper dressed to match the boat!
Thankfully no-one has caught me wearing my bright yellow oilies while out on mine!!! (I think)


Great looking boat Pettal
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Old 20 November 2004, 12:51   #6
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Nice pics!

We got back finally all safe and well.

The trip was a little hairy to say the least. We left Lymington at 10am this morning in the drizzle but this soon cleared up and we did the first 60% in an hour. Then the wind changed direction and we had it right on the nose for the next 20% which we did in about 30-40mins.

The weather deteriorated drastically and what was just 1-2ft slop changed to 12-14ft breaking rollers as we passed Alderney. The last 30 miles took us four hours!!!!

I would have retreated into Alderney but we had chosen a route past the Casquettes and would have meant us having to backtrack up the Swinge with wind over tide and may have been much worse than we were already in. So we plodded on, sometimes making 20 knots speed other times down to 4-5 knots.

The boat performed perfectly and never missed a beat which is more than can be said for the two of us!!

Anyway, all back safe and sound and about to be full of food and booze!!

My back is killing me!!!

I'll post piccies once I get it together again! Brain a bit numb now!
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Glad to hear you're back safe after your 'interesting' maiden voyage - what a good test of the boat! I bet you're delighted that she handled it so well! A good advert for XS-Ribs. Really looking forward to seeing the piccies.
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Old 21 November 2004, 11:15   #8
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Pettal, just seen this. She looks very smart!! Noticed LL has put some pics of your boat on www.xs-ribs.co.uk

Sounds like you had a fun journey.

Let us all know what you think of the boat/engine when you get the chance??

Have you got the prop out of the water yet??
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Old 21 November 2004, 14:54   #9
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You're brave Pettal!
Sounds like the boat did a brill job.


Glad you made it safely.

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Old 22 November 2004, 10:05   #10
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Hi all,

I thought I'd put together a few words on what I thought of the RIB now that my nerves are back in check even if my back isn't!

The XS-700 appears to be a very well made rib and the attention to detail on the fixtures and fittings are superb and couldn't want for anything more.

A point to note that all wiring is labelled clearly and very impressed to see that all the fuses are blades (i.e. the same as car fuses) which makes those crappy in-line fuses albut redundant.......a good thing in my book!

As I said our crossing wasn't the most enjoyable I've ever been on and at times just plain scary, however at no time did I ever worry about the boat, it felt rock solid and performed as it should have done. The ride was incredibly dry......for me, my morale support co-passenger might argue that one as he copped a nice big green wave in his face twice in 30 secs!! (oops!!)

Whilst not intending to leave the water for great lengths of time the first 12ft wave I hit, I was possibly a tad enthusiastic about it and left the water for a good couple of seconds before gently (i wish) landing back into the trough.

Needless to say I took it easy after that!!

I went out for an hour yesterday with six people on board and 85ltrs of fuel and managed a quite respectible 49 knots with the engine slightly trimmed. A couple of the passengers are long time RIB owners and gave each of them a turn at the helm.

They all remarked how light the steering was, how responsive the boat is and how the cornering is second to none that they had ever experienced before. I have to admit I tried several times on the solent to try and disappear up my own arse in ever decreasing circles and was suprised at the speed you can go in a very tight circle without the boat even flinching or skipping once.

All in all a top new toy! I'm not sure if it's up to the likes of a big delta but then that's not what the XS-Rib is all about. She can handle the rough stuff and gets a decent turn of speed with a decent sized engine.

If you are looking for a new rib, have a limited budget but want value for money then I can't think of any other rib (for the money) I'd rather have.

Whilst I'm on a rant......the optimax and smartcraft gauges are top-tastic and the fuel economy is unbelievable. I've been blasting it around the solent all day on Friday and it's chucking an average of 1.1nm per litre!

Right all done......time for a ciggy!
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