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Old 17 January 2006, 14:51   #21
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4x4 makes life so much easier especially if you want to use the slipways on the Thames/East coast. they are either very slippery, steep, covered in gravel or all three!

Have you looked a valiant, a pal of mine has the 5.2m it comfortably seats 5 people, handles nicely and is still light enough to fit on an unbraked trailer.
Have a chat with the guys at Boating mania... think they still have links with RibCraft too, ace boats but then I'm biased.
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Old 17 January 2006, 15:44   #22
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4x4 makes life so much easier especially if you want to use the slipways on the Thames/East coast. they are either very slippery, steep, covered in gravel or all three!

Have you looked a valiant, a pal of mine has the 5.2m it comfortably seats 5 people, handles nicely and is still light enough to fit on an unbraked trailer.
Have a chat with the guys at Boating mania... think they still have links with RibCraft too, ace boats but then I'm biased.

If you go for a Valiant 520, avoid the V520 go for the PT520 or Patrol 520, much deeper v. I have found the V520 to handle like a lilo.
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I have been reading this thread with interest - however I appreciate that we don't have a range of boats, just one, and it will only suit a few people, and in this case in all honesty is probably not what Jerry is looking for!

Thank you for thinking of me though!

Maybe Andre has something?
Cheers Cookee, I was thinking along similar lines. Have 2 demo ribs ready available but unfortunately both are above the budget

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Jerry, I understand your reservations re. buying a 4x4. 90% of 4x4 owners should be driving estate cars or MPV's. However, if you need to tow a boat or a horse box , then you have a very legitimate reason for owning one. I tried to recover a 21ft hardboat with a BMW 5 series estate once, on a very well maintained slip. Nightmare, nearly cooked the clutch. Big hassle with towing/launching etc, has the potential to spoil the whole experience.
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Old 17 January 2006, 18:08   #25
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I have been towing a 585 Ribtec behind a Golf and more recently an Audi A3. It a good size for 3-4 people and gear. If I'm going far kit bags go in the boat for the car journey.

If you have a look on boatsandoutboards.com there is an ex demo 585 for sale for 17k. They are well built good all round boats.

I use mine on the Thames and on the Solent depending on how the mood takes me.

If you want a chat about boating on the Thames, the car or the boat send me a PM.

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Old 19 January 2006, 18:52   #26
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Thanks again

I have seen a K plate Patrol with an MOT for 3K it's got a 2.8 Diesel so I might get that.

Whiteshoes, I have seen your boat, on a poker run, I think it's superb but it's too long for my needs ......as the Actress said to the Bishop. Anybody that can tell a good joke is ok by me, so keep em coming!

CJL thanks for the offer I may well take you up on it!

Swginn I think your suggestions probably reflect the best plan are XS that good, how do they compare with other more well known brands say Zodiac, Ribcraft, or Solent.

I have had a PM suggesting I try JBT for a boat has anybody got any views on them?
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Old 19 January 2006, 20:18   #27
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Jerry,

To answer your question, are XS that good? Yes they are IMHO anyway. Have only been around for 3yrs now but I haven't heard of one problem with any of the RIBs sold. They are giving a 3yr warranty on their RIBs now which definitely shows confidence in their product. Their customer service, which most can vouch for is top-class!! They are very well built boats. The stainless work and general fit out is to the highest order. They also don't skimp on the important stuff either: Seastar Pro helm, Alu tanks, Glassed in consoles, v.good battery (can't remember name of it but it keeps my auto bilge going for 3-4 weeks at a time and always turns over the Opti first time.) You get the idea anyway!!

How do they compare?
It is unfair to compare the boat with Solent as they are different types of RIB.
Solent are more sports orientated and have very fast hulls, whereas XS are more of a heavy duty, no nonsense RIB and are very good rough weather boats. I would put them in the same bracket as Ribcraft, Avon, Tornado on ability, performance and build quality, but they have yet to build up the same outstanding reputation of these companies, this can only happen with time!!

Obviously all of the above is fairly biased, as are most opinions on the forum (nothing wrong with having pride in your own boat!!) but I have always taken some great unbiased advice from Rogue, JW, Pete7, Daniel (top banana) so would be a good idea to maybe PM a few of these people for their advice.

Suggest you e-mail Lawrence Lock at Barnet Marine for a quote also, ask him for the boat show price and you may be very pleasantly surprised!! Good luck with whatever you decide on, safe ribbing!
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Old 20 January 2006, 10:11   #28
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I have been towing a 585 Ribtec behind a Golf and more recently an Audi A3. It a good size for 3-4 people and gear. If I'm going far kit bags go in the boat for the car journey.
Have to say I was amazed to see your Audi A3 pull your boat out the Thames
last year. (of course it is a 'company' car )

Jerry - I tow a RIBEYE500 behind a 2.2l FRONTERA - No Worries
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Old 20 January 2006, 11:12   #29
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I have seen a K plate Patrol with an MOT for 3K it's got a 2.8 Diesel so I might get that.

Whiteshoes, I have seen your boat, on a poker run, I think it's superb but it's too long for my needs ......as the Actress said to the Bishop. Anybody that can tell a good joke is ok by me, so keep em coming!

CJL thanks for the offer I may well take you up on it!

Swginn I think your suggestions probably reflect the best plan are XS that good, how do they compare with other more well known brands say Zodiac, Ribcraft, or Solent.

I have had a PM suggesting I try JBT for a boat has anybody got any views on them?
was at jbt today - got some great stock in at the moment around your budget, some of which isnt on the website...
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Old 27 January 2006, 17:33   #30
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Swginn that was a very strong testimonial for XS ribs and I am most impressed by your passion.

I PM'd a few people and now have 2 more makes to consider, Humber and Osprey, The Humber seems to be able to deliver faster than anybody else.

I also looked at Ribeye and the Avon Adventurers which were very nice. It's a hard choice but I think the Humber and XS look more traditional and I prefer that.

I've decided also that I would like to keep my boat in the Solent for the Summer. with that in mond, does anyone know any good places to leave her

Thanks again
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