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Old 24 January 2010, 12:06   #1
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XS 650 RIB - Advice

I am looking at buying a 2004 XS 650 RIB with twin 75hp Mercury Outboards. She will be used as a training boat - any views / thoughts / Advice on the boat and the engine format?
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Old 24 January 2010, 12:29   #2
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Fantastic boat. I know one (thinking about it it could be a 6m) that is used heavily for training and it works very well. I have used it quite a few times for charter work. I would make a few additions/alternations to the original fit out (such as more things to hold onto, and a smaller console allowing better access to the front of the boat) but very sturdy and easy to drive. This one has a Suzi 140 on it. Not sure how twins would affect it. What sort of layout has it got?
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Old 24 January 2010, 14:47   #3
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Fantastic boat. I know one (thinking about it it could be a 6m) that is used heavily for training and it works very well. I have used it quite a few times for charter work. I would make a few additions/alternations to the original fit out (such as more things to hold onto, and a smaller console allowing better access to the front of the boat) but very sturdy and easy to drive. This one has a Suzi 140 on it. Not sure how twins would affect it. What sort of layout has it got?
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Old 25 January 2010, 01:51   #4
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Wouldn't a single motor be better for teaching? Just my 2p worth

Nice boat none the less...
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yea, mine has a single engine, buy mine
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Old 03 February 2010, 19:15   #6
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Hi, twin 75 unless 2 stroke may be uderpowered unless the boat is run light. (training 1:3 you should be ok)
We run single 175hp and when heavily laden performance drops. (42knts to 39knts and slower whole shot)
Great to see a twin setup being used for training.
Overall a superb boat imo.
(We like ours so much we recently bought a second xs)
Hope that is of some help,
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