how can they sell them so much cheaper and still make a profit?
The price & quality seems to be the main concern here. I know for a fact that the hull for the x-rib (not falcon) is manufactured in the UK by a major manufacturer. Laurence Lock from Barnet Marine told me this and it was the basis for me placing my order. He also said that the build quality would not be an issue as they are very strong boats constructed to commercial spec. He is an honest guy and this information must be correct as I have signed a contract for the supply of the boat on these grounds. Also the boat comes with 2 yrs warranty.
How do X-rib make a profit on a boat like this for the price? The simple answer is that they don't. The profit is made with the engine and extras. Take the following prices for optional extras for example: set of 3 nav lights £150, Bench seat £895, flare boxes £175, additional rubber strakes £695. I guess they have to make their profit somewhere. When the prices are all added up the boat is still great value, but for those of you who want to make a real killing, kitting out the boat yourself will work out cheaper.
I know I'm probably biased as I have one on order but I'm only going on the info I have as I haven't driven the boat yet. that will be the REAL test.
My friend has a tornado 585/ merc opti 135 & the boat i have on order is an x-rib 600/ merc opti 135. Will test both against each other and post results.