Jim thats a lovely boat. I know what you mean about the PU tubes holding their as new appearance, I've got them on my XS. Next boat will be a Tornado!! By the way is your boat on the Barnet website, it looks very familiar.
Simmons0, i have driven a Valiant PT650 around Cape Clear last yr. Have also driven a few Tornado 5.8s and one 6.4 with 225 Optimax.
The PT is an animal compared to the standard Vanguards and DRs and was a very capable boat, but I just preferred the ride of the Tornado (ie: high lift, unbelievable cornering, very good in a big sea and very dry) The PT650 owner was very impressed with the buddy's 5.8 Tornado, when we took him for a spin in it afterwards too, saying he was surprised how a boat that size could handle the rough weather so well.
If In Doubt, Go Flat Out!!