Was talking to Joe and Ronan in East Ferry on Saturday, and had a look at the new 8m. Really, the picture doesn't do the boat justice. I agree with Mark on the bow sheer having seen the boat in the flesh (or should that be hypalon?) it would take a lot of effort and a huuuge sea to stuff that boat.
This was my first close-up look at an Excalibur and I have to say, I really was very impressed. Everything on the RIBs was quality, and there is a lot of attention to detail put into the boats. Great sea boats, high bows, big tubes and great protection from the large screen. If anybody is considering a Redbay/Tornado or the like, then I seriously reccommend having a look at these also.
The 8m really was something, however Ronan's 7.0m/Opti 225 rig would probably be more within our budget for the next RIB and is on the list. Just have to convince the ol' fella now
Will post some pictures later when I finish college.