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Old 04 September 2012, 17:52   #11
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the grey one in the picture is an alloy hull model , but not sure about the larger one
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Old 04 September 2012, 18:03   #12
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Without wanting to hijack someone elses thread what is the opinion of alloy hull rather than GRP.
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Old 04 September 2012, 18:15   #13
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yeh got the guy down to 16 k any other offers would be good but best equipped atm with :XPRO Defender 535 RED ORCA HYPALON with double rubbing strake

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Old 04 September 2012, 19:04   #14
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Without wanting to hijack someone elses thread what is the opinion of alloy hull rather than GRP.
very impressed with mine , its lighter than grp and for a small boat that gets beached regularly i no longer have to worry about damage .

I expected it to feel cold and be noisy in the water and engine vibes to get transmitted but its no difference from grp in that department .

I know there has been problems with galvanic corrosion on larger boats but on a small boat with no electrics etc its not an issue .
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IF they are chinese, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole no matter how cheap it is. Just my opinion.
I would agree with Pikey,Chinese RIB's I've SEEN have been very low Quality,and for 18K there are some great options second hand,which may well serve you better in the long run. Especialy with VAT at 20%(On new) and alot of people not doing many hours in thier boats.
Either way I'd advise you take your time and have a good look at alot of different makes... there are plenty out there with a Proven track record.
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I would agree with Pikey,Chinese RIB's I've SEEN have been very low Quality,and for 18K there are some great options second hand,which may well serve you better in the long run. Especialy with VAT at 20%(On new) and alot of people not doing many hours in thier boats.
Either way I'd advise you take your time and have a good look at alot of different makes... there are plenty out there with a Proven track record.
I agree with the above,

after having owned a Chinese made rib mine in particular was not up to the job, but I must say that the X-pro does look well built and stylish, but for 18 k you would bag a nice s/h British built rib, take your time and have a good look round for what is on offer. If you want a brand new rib take a look at the Liverpool power boats link below there prices a very similar to what you are wanting to pay for a Chinese import.
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Old 05 September 2012, 06:31   #18
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I'm going to be controversial .....so hang on ....

I'm not sure that the 'tag' of 'cheap & low quality Chinese goods' can always be applied.... I feel sure they are catching up on the quality and design side very very quickly indeed.

I'm not disageeing that for this sort of money there are not more reputable/capable 2nd hand boats out there . Just look at a RC 585 for example 18k will but you alot of 2nd hand kit....

I think most Iphones/pads are made in China as an example ?

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I'm going to be controversial .....so hang on ....

I'm not sure that the 'tag' of 'cheap & low quality Chinese goods' can always be applied.... I feel sure they are catching up on the quality and design side very very quickly indeed.

I think most Iphones/pads are made in China as an example ?

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That is true but I think that some British dealers have been seduced by the large profits that can be made by importing and selling these China ribs, I dare say that there will be some good quality ribs made in China but far more expensive to import and sell so the cheaper versions are a better option. Just my own opinion.
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I'm not sure that the 'tag' of 'cheap & low quality Chinese goods' can always be applied....
I'm hoping that the OP will be able to read between the lines and see that the only person who has actually examined one closely says this brand does not appear to fall into that category! But don't let that stop all the other people who have never seen an XPro from saying they must be rubbish because we think they are made in China. Its not like there aren't some shocking things in both the cheap and expensive ends of the UK market...
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I'm not disagreeing that for this sort of money there are not more reputable/capable 2nd hand boats out there . Just look at a RC 585 for example 18k will but you alot of 2nd hand kit....
indeed but for the headline figure, you can get a NEW British rib from one of the lower end makers as I mentioned before. Certainly if the OP was further south I'd have suggested he go and see Ian at Powerboat Sales (Ribs4U Rigid Inflatable Boat RIB sales at affordable prices – Humber, Valiant, Mariner and Mercury plus jockey seats and consoles), he is a member here, seems to have a good reputation and - unlike most sells two different brands, neither of which he makes, so can possibly be a little less "My boat is brilliant minded". The difference in cost would probably be how much electronics etc you can talk them into.
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