Originally Posted by chipko
Welcome to Ribnet, sounds like you'll be a fountain of knowledge.
Can I pick your brains. Currently upsizing from sib land to rib world, and noticed you have some XS Ribs in your work fleet. About to order a new XS500 and would welcome your opinion. Quite happy with the work boat utility image as good value, custom UK built, suitable for UK waters, high sheer bow, reasonable V etc. Bolting on a new Mariner 60 and main use will be North East based inshore coastal trips and towing wakeboard/toys in the bay.
On a budget, and getting a good winter build deal, so this fits the bill. Going for a 5m as can (just) garage this length over winter.
Appreciate your thoughts on the brand as a commercial user.
Hi Ian thanks! Our fleet of XS ribs have been fantastic over the years! They have seen some beetling and still have life left in them. We did have 4 5m all with yam 60's, now only down to two as we are moving on to vsr's. To put into perspective of how good and how well made these boats are, they are used every day for around for 6 hours a day from June to September and meany meany hours before and after then. They have survived several storms in which one of them spent a few days on its side on a beach (a few repairs needed that day!) and thair still solid! Few things i do and don't like about them fist the don'ts
The battery placement under the seat can be a pain, for one the hatch is small so getting in thair to jump start or fix connections is a pain. All cables run behind the battery so i can get a bit messy in thair would advise giving it a good clean out every few weeks. Also with it being under the seat if you ever flood the hull the water level comes just to the top of the battery so most of the time if flooded you end up with a short and then a dead battery
last bad point is the front of the console on some of ours has some sun damage (see photo) this is from the boats siting out all year with no covers so probably not a problem for you!
Good points main console has lots of room so cable management can be done nicely! Storage in thair is good! Non slip is good our last 2 have been with us for 7 years and its still all intact. The hypalon used is fantastic quality dose not easily mark!
Over all very very solid boats quick on the water very manoeuvrable! Easy to launch and recover all of clients and staff have loved them over the years hope some of the info helps if you need anything more then give me a shout!