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Old 25 January 2009, 14:47   #1
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Watch the XS being made

Found this onthe Barnet Marine site, shows the step by step hull making, laminations etc.


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?feature=...9MSZk9iE&gl=GB


Quite interesting...........
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Old 25 January 2009, 15:08   #2
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Are XS ribs good?

I like the look but dont know very much about them.

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Old 26 January 2009, 06:51   #3
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The XS ribs are amazing!
I have worked with tornado's, humbers, northcraft, rib eye and in my opinion the XS is a far better boat than all of them, it is great to manoeuvre. Slightly wider than other boats of the same length, very well designed. I give it ten thumbs up.
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I give it ten thumbs up.
You have ten thumbs?
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No, not really, i was lying about the thumbs
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Old 26 January 2009, 08:49   #7
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The XS ribs are amazing!
I have worked with tornado's, humbers, northcraft, rib eye and in my opinion the XS is a far better boat than all of them, it is great to manoeuvre. Slightly wider than other boats of the same length, very well designed.
I Agree with that and give it 2 more thumbs up
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Old 27 January 2009, 07:07   #8
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I Agree with that and give it 2 more thumbs up
Ditto. Not had one myself but have used the clubs safety boats more than a few times and the XS ribs seem a nicely made product
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We have Tornados, Northcrafts and Humbers and decided to go for an XS650 with a Yam 150 on the back last year. Having a few types of craft leads you naturally to compare finish quality on what you can see.

The finish is good on them. It's done a huge amount of hours already and nothing untoward has shown up. A small area of the non slip finish peeling off, thats all. I love the XS A frame it's amazing! Extremely strong. I am not a lover of Polyurethane tubes but they appear unmarked and the colour is holding up well.

I'm a bit of a Tornado fan by habit but the XS handles pretty well.

The only comments I would make are that the hull has this hollow sound to it in rough seas and it chine rides like fury if you are blasting on your own and go over 40 knots, tjhis is in comparison to the Tornados which have a kindda solid sound to them in rough seas and with comparitive engine sizes on them have no signs of chine riding.

Overall though the more I use the boat the more I really like it! I would def go for another next time.

One infuriating thing was that it was picked it up on its trailer and driven it all the way back to Scotland. Nothing untoward but at the boats first service on return from the yammy dealer I pressed the brakes kindda hard turning into our place and the boat slid forward on the trailer, fell off the rollers at the back onto the chassis and took a chunk out the gelcoat on either side I mean big chunks!

On inspection the snub at the front had shot forward. I got my spanners out and guess what? EVERY NUT AND BOLT on the trailer was not tightened up!!!!! it didnt really show up on the long motorway trip up maybe a little bit noticably rattly.

We spend a good few hours tightening everything up. So lesson learned next time I get a new boat, take the toolbox to check if the trailer is gonna hang together.

I met a bloke a couple of months later and was telling him about this and funny thing is that he had had same loads of bolts loose problem with the same trailer from new!

I guess you just get used to thinking that everything you purchase had had a PDI these days.
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One infuriating thing was that it was picked it up on its trailer and driven it all the way back to Scotland. Nothing untoward but at the boats first service on return from the yammy dealer I pressed the brakes kindda hard turning into our place and the boat slid forward on the trailer, fell off the rollers at the back onto the chassis and took a chunk out the gelcoat on either side I mean big chunks!

On inspection the snub at the front had shot forward. I got my spanners out and guess what? EVERY NUT AND BOLT on the trailer was not tightened up!!!!! it didnt really show up on the long motorway trip up maybe a little bit noticably rattly.

We spend a good few hours tightening everything up. So lesson learned next time I get a new boat, take the toolbox to check if the trailer is gonna hang together.

I met a bloke a couple of months later and was telling him about this and funny thing is that he had had same loads of bolts loose problem with the same trailer from new!

I guess you just get used to thinking that everything you purchase had had a PDI these days.
I found the same thing with the Snipe trailer to my old XS, though fortunately not with the same dire consequences that you had. Like you I went round tightening everything in sight and had no more problems.
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