Originally Posted by JIY
Alas buying a new Tornado is not a viable option in the UK (Tornados are now produced in China), but the tubes on XS ribs (son of Tornado!) are made from PU.
Hi, we have just spec'd our new boat from XS (Barnet marine) and the advice we were given was;
Orange boats fade, grey boats will tend to show the glue as it tends to turn brown over time and blue seems to be the best for holding its coulour.
This all goes against what i believed before buying the boat, i thought that blue would be the quickest to show its age. Fingers crossed the advice is correct.
As to a Hard boat showing its age our Hardy pilot could look ancient if neglected for even short periods.
The advantage in a rib ( we hope ) is that it is much eaier to maintain and if Kept covered im sure this will help reduce the effects of uv and leaves in winter.
Im sure the ease of storage, 'towability' , and less storm bound days will far outway the hard boat although the cabin will be greatly missed but it did give me a great excuse to go buy some shiny new waterproofs
Roll on delivery .....
Will get back to you in a few years with an update