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Old 20 September 2005, 11:28   #11
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The problem with XS ribs is if you want a two man or even 3 man jockey seat you do not have a backrest for those in front so if one person seating he has a backrest but nothing to hold on to. The persons in front of him have to lean on each other and no grab handles. Just like on the earlier photos

as for performance well never driven one so cannot comment

Just realized that the photo posted is of a Ribcraft with seats and backrests only at the end of the seat. Well XS do the same but with Ribcraft I believe you do have a choice
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Old 20 September 2005, 11:42   #12
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If you really want to know who pops the XS boats out of the Mould then take a look at the Hull shape and see what hard boat it corresponds too.

but theres the rub, The only Ribcraft I have driven extensively is a 7.8 and when pushed its a bit slammy but a safe ride. they are definitely well built ande they don't lose their value!

I like the XS ribs a lot but I think the Ribcraft probably represents a better investment, but if the XS is a lot cheaper.

Twin engines, now your are talking big boy. make sure it's got full redundancy built in sperate tanks filters and electrics! It think a 7 metre boat would go very well with a pair of 150 optis

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Old 20 September 2005, 13:05   #13
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Plenty of info on here about XS-Ribs:

You can get have a backrest made up for those sitting in front on a double jockey as well. Myself and Pettal enquired about this and Barnet said they can have anything made up as long as you provide a sketch of how you want it made.

As for who laminates XS-Ribs, they are a major UK manufacturer with a huge production facility and so can turn out the hulls quicker than Barnet can fit them out. As a result Barnet are moving to a larger premises this Christmas so they can keep up. Looking at the hull I would say it is very similar to a Phantom, but I don't know who laminates these or what facilities they have. (Rogue, do you know??)

Is it possible that XS could be using Tornado hulls and having them moulded by a different manufacturer, after all Laurence Lock is a MD of Tornado.

Anyway regardless of who makes them. They are very solid, well built boats with good rough weather ability and sharp handling and performance. They will be a lot cheaper than Ribcrafts also.

I own an XS but would be just as happy owning a Ribcraft too as they are boat equally as good.

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