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Old 14 March 2008, 13:00   #41
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For info, Barnet was already selling XS ribs whilst they were still selling Tornado. Apparently the build quality is exceptional but the hull design is very different to that of Tornados.

One thing i have noticed is the lack of chine walk, which seemed to be noticeable in the tornado 5.8 and 6.5m when trimmed up.

Could be many reasons for this and its early days for us, perhaps a seasoned owner could verify
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Old 14 March 2008, 16:54   #42
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XS ribs are built in the UK, in Hull to be precise.

Tornado have moved production to China.

The Director of Barnet Marine (Laurence Lock) was a Director of Tornado until last year and is a Director of XS Ribs.

XS was originally supposed to supplement Tornado.

The XS750/850/990 are a development of the Tornado 7.5/8.5/9.5, but have been significantly improved upon.

PU tubes are excellent, but I don't want to get into that argument again!

I can vouch for their superb build quality and also excellent sales and after sales service.

My new XS850 is a huge improvement on my old 8.5 Tornado!
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Old 14 March 2008, 16:59   #43
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...My new XS850 is a huge improvment on my old 8.5 Tornado!
Tell us more.
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Old 14 March 2008, 17:18   #44
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Hi Jeff,

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!

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Old 14 March 2008, 17:39   #45
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...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.
TOO MUCH INFORMATION......

It sounds a good boat.
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Old 14 March 2008, 17:49   #46
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TOO MUCH INFORMATION......

It sounds a good boat.
Well they are both Airbus pilots, so perhaps the digital throttle is the real attraction!
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Old 14 March 2008, 18:09   #47
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We had the same decision to make last month. In the end we went with XS over the Destroyer for much the same reasons that others have stated.

I can't wait for our new XS to be delivered next week (or the week after) and take it out on a few sea trials

My experience so far with XS and Laurence has been superb, and if they meet the deadline of the end of the month for delivery, i'd give them a 11/10 for customer service (5 week instead of 12 week turnaround due to end of financial year)
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Old 17 March 2008, 09:39   #48
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OK now I'm starting to get carried away with myself. I'm now looking longingly at the 5.5m XS with delux kit (hydrolic steering, underfloor cabling etc). Appears that the 5.4m and 5.5m have different hull forms but both have the same draft (50cm). Anyone know the difference? Another sleepless night for me.
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Old 17 March 2008, 17:07   #49
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Nice but too pricey.
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