As you can see from my piccies, I have an X-pro RIB. I have owned several hard boats, RIB's and SIB's in recent years, and feel qualified to give an honest appraisal.
As mentioned, the boat is made in China, but commissioned by Sea Swift in the UK, including layout configuration and fit-out. It is early days, but I am satisfied with the build quality of boat, and the X-pro appears to be well put together - the latest composite construction is used to ensure the robustness of its structural design.
My particular model, a 5.2m with engine well, self draining decks and under-floor rigging, has plenty of deck space for fishing trips, but other X-pro models offer deeper freeboard and bigger tubes to handle persuits that might see rougher conditions. Please feel free to ask any specific questions.
The biggest attraction of this brand is the genuine commitment by the team at Seaswift/X-Pro to provide a boat that suits your specification and budget. I cannot praise Steve and Dave enough, and their determination to get things right is very refreshing in today's distributor-based market. Their commitment also shows a genuine belief in the brand, and in its market position. In other words, the boats might be constructed in China, but full ownership of the brand is handled in Devon. So, my recommendation is to give Seaswift a call, arrange a visit to Kingsteignton, and judge for yourself. It won't be a wasted trip - unlike many distributors that sell from a catalogue, there will always be a couple of hulls to look at. The range covers everything from light alu-hulled tenders to roll-up air-floors to 6.6m offshore RIB's.
In terms of handling and performance, my 5.2m RIB planes easily at 3,000rpm, and feels stable in slight to moderate conditions 5 miles off shore in Lyme Bay.
Fittings are strong and well thought out, but a little more attention to detail could improve cosmetics. Again, Seaswift are happy to take suggestions on board to improve this. My closing comment would be that words to describe X-pro RIB's are practical, functional and fantastic value for money. Don't expect luxury fit-outs with porta-loos and striped cushions for this price, although I am sure Seaswift could source them if that is what rocks your boat!