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Old 22 March 2007, 20:49   #1
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can you tell me who builds xs craft i want to buy one but so many stories befold me all i want to know is who manufactures them sorry if its been a guessing game but i dont want to part with my money until i know please give me any information
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Old 23 March 2007, 04:19   #2
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Old 23 March 2007, 05:10   #3
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That's interesting. Barnet Marine seem to have completely dropped Tornado. Anyone know the scoop?

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Are Tornado not made out in china now?
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That's interesting. Barnet Marine seem to have completely dropped Tornado. Anyone know the scoop?

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Talking to Laurence Lock at Barnet Marine last year it sounded like they were going to go their separate ways. Something to do with tornado winding down production. From reading the tornado website they're still made in Hull.

He is contractually obliged not to say who makes the XS hulls though, but obviously sells quite a few!
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Old 23 March 2007, 10:40   #6
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re XS Builder

Yep I was told the same thing by Laurence when I bought mine a couple of years ago, however then he did say that it would be announced at the end of 2005 ... suffice it to say it wasnt.. also I know personaly of someone who wanted to Buy 3 7m XS's but insisted on being able to visit them whilst they were under contruction to check on quality etc before the deck was glassed in and this request was refused point blank so he bought them from Humber instead.

i guess you have your message. I have the personal opinion that they are made for Barnet marine to their spec rather than Barnet marine acting as a dealer for XS as even the CE plates and Serial numbers are added by Barnet Marine when they fit out the boats.

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When I said china - I was referring to this thread..

Tornado...moving production abroad.
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To the best of my knowledge, Tornado have now ceased production in the UK, but continue to manufacture hulls in China I think that this is a great shame, given the mighty reputation that Tornado built up over the years. However, the good news is that XS RIBs seem to be going from strength to strength.

I sea-trialled the new XS850 last month and was mightily impressed. I would say the the build quality at least equalled my last 8.5m Tornado and the handling is absolutely superb.
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where are they made?

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.
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We shouldn't assume that a product manufactered in China is in somehow inferior. I know a guy that mass produces yacht sails in China. He produces for many of the well known UK sail companies. His factory is way ahead of any sail loft in the UK. He only uses the very best sail cloth and laminate film.The only thing cheap abut China these days is the cost of labour.
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