Originally Posted by Mollers
Ah, I didn't remember it being a hardnose. If it's an xr24 it is essentially what became the Osprey Viper hull. Were you involved with it when it came out of Vector Marine?
Offshore Components (Osprey) paid a naval designer to come up with the XR design and I think Vector built the mould tools. 18 and 20 made in Standish, 24s made by Vector. XR18 and 20 were first shown and the Scottish Boat show in Feb 92. 96 saw a change of design to the Lynx.
The Vipers, well they have an interesting history. In 1986 Fletcher made 3 ribs before deciding there was no future or money to be made building ribs, So sold the design. Mike and Ralph used the moulds to produce the commerical ribs for (Osprey) 5.4m, 6.5m and 8m Falcons. In 1992 Offshore Components asked Mike and Ralph to come up we a new design as divers wanted more space and soft nose ribs rather than the Sparrowhawk and Eagle. The First Viper a 5.25m was built in Sept 92 and the rest of the range followed that winter. If you look closely at the early Vipers you can see the change in angle were Mike raised the bow section from the Fletcher lines.
XR 24 mould now in Stanley, North Yorkshire with Reiver Boats.