The XS850 handles the short, steep Clyde chop with ease. The ride is less jarring than the 8.5 Tornado and the turning ability is fantastic, no sign of bow steering and absolutely no tendency to skip out of the turn, even with the motors trimmed up a little. The stern tubes just touch the water at rest, so there is no "rock and roll" when people move about the boat (my 7.5 Tornado was terrible at rest) and absolutely no chine walk at WOT.
I expected the boat to seem more flighty than the 10m Humbers I drive commercially, but I was very suprised to discover that it is even more sure-footed. Two of my fellow Humber Skippers have also been out on my new boat and they both commented that they would prefer to be on my boat than a big Humber in the rough stuff.
The digital throttle and shift, coupled with the electro-hydraulic steering make the boat a joy to helm, it is very precise and you can balance the boat with ease. XS have also got the seating/steering/throttle positioning spot on, and the high capacity console with windscreen give a lot of weather protection.
The new 4 cylinder 200hp Verados are significantly more economical than the 6 cylinder version, I'm seeing about 60 litres/hour at 32 knots with 300 litres fuel and four persons aboard. Mind you, it doesn't half hurt to pay for my own fuel at £1.12/litre!
I know that we all naturally extol the virtues of the boat that we currently own, but I'm honestly very, very impressed with the XS850, it is much more capable than I imagined.
Of course, it doesn't have a wheelhouse!