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Old 23 March 2007, 18:28   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Portsmouth
Boat name: Sting
Make: Tornado 6.8
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yam 200 HPDI
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
I'm amazed that anyone will buy a boat if they cannot see it under construction, I suppose that the package approach may remove the need but to be frank there's no chance I would part with a single until I knew who, where and how long theyd been doing it.
Yes .. like we all ask to see our cars under construction!!

Seriously you are in the minority I think, most people would not have a clue if their boat was being built correct or not, even if they did see it under construction.

I have used an XS-600 a fair amount and it performed well. As an owner of a Tornado fitted out by BMC, I can say the fitout is of similar quality, although some of the fittings where lower budget.

It's not new news that Tornado seem to have gone off the rails a little. Great brand being trashed by its owner - very bizarre.

BMC business now seems to depend on the XS as their prime offering. Contracturally if they piss off the people that build them, BMC loose a product line. I have asked Larence many times who the manufacturers are and predictably he won't say - one of the best kept secrets in the RIB World, you would think it would be out by now!! Someone must see them being transported etc..

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Old 25 March 2007, 16:33   #12
Country: UK - England
Boat name: Coastalbuzz
Make: Brill Ribcraft
Length: 7m +
Engine: 250suzuki/6/5/5
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In the minorty?

I do agree that most of us in the boating world might not identify good workmanship when we are novices, I am pleased to say I am not and I definately know when areas are not being done well, but to be honest the reason I always want to deal with the builder is so that I can see how they respond to changes to spec or specific requests and also so that I can look back and say I definetly know my boat.
I also want to see who is building it /what's their attitude etc you can tell a lot about workmanship from dealing with people.
I'm therefore still definately a minority person who would only buy a boat if I could see the whole picture, Not that xs are in any way poor, If I ask a question it needs to get answered, if it isn't I buy elsewhere, .

Bought my audi after the factory visit!
Bought my landi after seeing it stripped and rebuilt.

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