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Old 08 October 2007, 12:11   #1
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XS Ribs...any good?

Hi All

Just seen an XS 7.2m with 250 diesel inboard for sale @ £26k + VAT. 2006 looks pretty good value (I think)

Can any one tell me about these boats: how good in a rough sea, quality etc etc
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Old 08 October 2007, 13:02   #2
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Old 08 October 2007, 13:42   #3
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I kina like the wa they are put together, it's all good stuff good laminating well made hypalon toobs and sound fittings, tanks etc.

I only have experience of the sub 6 Metre boats, but I trust em in the sea, but I thing they are fine.Rumour has it that they are a tornado spinoff but |\I fancy that Northcraft might have something to do with em. Both manufacturers make good boats
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Old 08 October 2007, 13:51   #4
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We have the 550, and I demoed the 850 @ SBS and would certainly buy XS again!!
However check out HERE for other peoples comments.
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Old 08 October 2007, 14:35   #5
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Hi, having used xs 550 and many other manufacturers boats i have just placed an order for a new xs 650. So yes they get my vote.

i espcially like the glassed in seats. So much neater looking imho.
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Old 08 October 2007, 16:00   #6
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Sounds like a good price. The dealer from barnet marine brings his boat up here on his holiday's so it must be pretty capable.
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Old 08 October 2007, 16:35   #7
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I have had an XS600 for one season and keep it in Spain. It was an off the shelf ex demo boat and I have never had a Rib of this size before having always previously been involved with larger sailing boats.

The XS sees to me to be fairly well put together with the accent more on the utilitarian work boat than style.

I have yet to have it out in a real blow and I am still learning how to drive a small boat like this into a sea. How hard the kids can hang on seems to be the main factor as to when we decide to turn back and not any concern over the boat itself!!!

The jockeys and console are firmly moulded to the deck not screwed or bolted. They have shown no sign of flexing or crazing. The stainless fabrication work also seems of good quality and fairly robust.

I do get blowbacks when filling the tank and maybe the breather need to be a bit bigger or it could be hat the fuel jetty I use has a fast pump.

My understanding is that the tubes are PU not Hypalon and are glued not welded. Ask me in 10 yrs how well they last but they seem very scuff resistant.

I have found one very minor fault in gel coat of the hull. A thumbnail size blemish a couple of inches down from the tubes.

If I had more control over the spec I think I would have liked a proper isolation switch for the battery but that is something I can sort out myself.

So; to conclude so far no regrets.

Finally I also donít fully understand the relationship between Barnet Marine and XS as the way Laurence Lock talked one could almost sense he had a major interest in XS and was not just the agent. Do XS also have some sort of tie up with another UK manufacturer? Perhaps somebody else can fill us in as exactly what the tie up is.
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Laurence Lock is the founder and director of XS RIBs (and Barnet Marine). XS was designed to fill the capacity that Tornado could not fill, but as events transpired (Tornado's move to production in China) XS have to all intents and purposes replaced Tornado in the UK. The new XS750/850/990 have taken the XS product to even higher levels, certainly equalling if not surpassing Tornado build quality.

The hulls are produced in Hull (naturally), although the actual manufacturer remains a big secret. They are outfitted (motors, electrics, stainless steel etc) by Barnet Marine in north London.

As an owner of two previous Tornados (a 7.5 outboard and an 8.5 Diesel) I'm very impressed with the XS product - so impressed that I have an XS850 with twin 200 Verados on order!

The downside to the success of the XS brand and the enhanced quality has been a hike in the price, but I guess that's market forces for you.
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Old 10 October 2007, 06:33   #9
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Who designed there hulls...or did they start like so many with a kind of borrowed hull from the good old hard boat brigade? and if they did are they designing there own now?
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Old 10 October 2007, 06:37   #10
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Who designed there hulls...or did they start like so many with a kind of borrowed hull from the good old hard boat brigade? and if they did are they designing there own now?
You mean "Are they a splash?"
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