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Old 02 September 2013, 17:01   #31
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XS are indifferent. A perfectly good boat at a keen price.

It says something about a brand when they create a loyal or enthusiastic following.

Ribcraft have this (haven't owned one)
Osprey certainly have this (and it includes me)
Scorpion too - future owner I hope

There will be other such brands.
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Old 02 September 2013, 18:49   #32
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There used to be a few keen XS owners on here. Never heard anyone say anything bad about them. They'd be on my possibles list - but if budget is not a key factor I think you'll end up going with one of the others.
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Old 02 September 2013, 19:22   #33
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Our xs is a great boat and barnet marine is a good company to deal with
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Old 02 September 2013, 20:49   #34
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Old 02 September 2013, 21:04   #35
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So it Should Top Banana really was a superb boat and phenomanal in the rough stuff
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Old 03 September 2013, 13:47   #36
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I'm getting ready to visit a few builders or see their demo boats at the Southampton show. I was initially looking at 8.5m but got worried that it would be too difficult to tow/store and fuel in Cornwall (especially with petrol), so now looking between 6.5m and 7.5m.

I want something robust and simple with a good sea hull, I have narrowed the choice to Ribcraft, Zodiac milpro, Redbay, Ribquest, XS Ribs. In your experience, which builder will give the best service and produce the best quality boat with no delivery issues or warranty arguments?
Other consideration is size of the deposit/stage payments while the boat is being built. The smaller the better.

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Hi there.. Im an owner of a 7.3M Ribquest (3 years old) with 250HP. I am looking to promote the sale at the used boat show (not yet on the market). Bought new and spec'd the build direct with Ribquest. Boat has been stored on a dry stack and is immaculate. <150 hours, and serviced regularly. Selling due to new house purchase taking up all my time (oh and money). Let me know if (available immediately) previously owned ribquest 7.3M, is of interest to you.? - Regards
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Old 03 September 2013, 16:03   #37
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Hi there.. Im an owner of a 7.3M Ribquest (3 years old) with 250HP. I am looking to promote the sale at the used boat show (not yet on the market). Bought new and spec'd the build direct with Ribquest. Boat has been stored on a dry stack and is immaculate. <150 hours, and serviced regularly. Selling due to new house purchase taking up all my time (oh and money). Let me know if (available immediately) previously owned ribquest 7.3M, is of interest to you.? - Regards
Thanks rib-eaver but I'm looking at a new rib. good luck with the sale at the show.
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Nothing wrong with XS, in fact I think they are often an overlooked brand on this forum. No nonsense and strong with good ergonomics. Ergonomics are so often overlooked by rib builders, such as when it gets rough you want to be in the rib as opposed to on the rib ( freeboard) and you don't want the windscreen right by your face when hitting waves hard. You also need to be able drain a lot of deck water fast. Crew needs to have suitable hand holds......
Why are XS always a few Łk less than someone like RC ? Maybe RC just wants to or need to make more profit per boat..I'll never know.

I've spent a lot of time off Scotland in up to F8 in 8m Scorpions and would have rather been in ribs with better rough water ergonomics in those conditions yet on calmer days enjoy the quick hull of them.

Most rib makers have a niche market whether that is racing, family boating, rough water ergonomics, med style layouts etc etc . There is no rib that is perfect for all of these, they will compromise in certain areas in their various sizes.

I need two boats !
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Old 04 September 2013, 17:58   #39
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Hi,

I have an XS 750 with 250hp Verado on the back, purchased new from Barnet Marine. Found them good to deal with, build quality great and specced as I requested. A seriously good workboat as well, with huge carrying capacity and a child-friendly feel - you sit in it, not on it.

Worth a drive!

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For your money I would go with a company who specialise in listening to the customer and building a great value for money boat.

I have looked at the Ribquest ribs in the past and the build quality and attention to detail is excellent. I was lucky enough to go out in a 7m and a 6.3 at rib ex a couple of years ago and the boats were really lovely. It reminds me of the good old British days of strong engineering, functional and value for money. No hidden costs.

For me I now have an older redbay which is lovely but if I was in the market for new i wouldnt think twice and go for their 5.8 or 6.3.
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