Would agree with this.
Originally Posted by mdt
XS are the "new" Tornado... and a 5.5m one would be more than up to the job of taking care of you on the west cost.
you sould consider an XS
I have used the Fire brigades 5.5m XS on the Clye and was very impressed both with sea keeping and build. It was powered by a 90hp yamaha wich gave ample power.
The extra beam makes it feel much bigger than similar 5.5m ribs
I have ordered a 6.5m as i have used the tornado 6.5m and this seems to be a great alternative to the tornado. If Barnet Marine still produced the tornados i still think i would have gone for an XS.
Hope this helps, best idea is to try as many as you can.