Originally Posted by TIM
I thinks someone knows on this form and is staying QUITE... so If you know it time to speek up
TIM if you are referring to me, you're wrong. Fair enough I 've talked about this before but I still don't know. Done my detective work though!!
It is a Tornado hull design. Compared it with my buddys Voyager and they are identical.
It is not built by Tornado and there is not a conflict in interest as Tornado can not build enough hulls fast enough to fuel demand, XS-Ribs was Barnets solution to their customers that couldn't wait for a Tornado instead of turning them away.
The hull is not built by Tornado, but is built by a major UK hardboat manufacturer who can churn out the hulls faster than Barnet can fit them out.
The CE plate, says built by XS-Ribs and I've pestered Laurence for long enough with the only reponse being "you will be very surprised!!"
Heres some tips for some of you detectives out there:
The Tornado is made of modified Vinylester resin while the XS is polyester.
XS-Ribs were formally known as X-Rib but changed name to distinguish themselves from another Rib manufacturer. (guess that rules out the XS Sunseeker link, sorry Pettal!! we can all dream!!)
The deck is fully encapsulated (fibre-glassed on both sides) with marine ply sitting on braces and stringers, and the hull void is fully fibre-glassed inside and sealed. The under deck loom is sealed from the hull, preventing water seeping in, and the consoles are bonded down. This is in contrast to the cheaper method of building which uses a hollow hull with a thick deck. In the long term, hollow hulls may fracture at the point where the hull touches the deck at the tube join, due to flexing.
Oh and the fuel tanks are aluminium and made by Alumacraft. These have to be delivered to the premises where the hulls are built as the consoles are bonded on over them before being sent to Barnet.
I can see it now a mass stakeout on Barnet Marine. Anybody up for following some trucks!!