Originally Posted by matt h
first of all a big thanks to all that have helped me so far!! what do you think about XS and Tornado Ribs???
i was once helped by a really nice chap in a XS 550 WITH a 90 opti, good looking boat, very Deep V, handled the Solent Chop with ease! with 2.6 Beam,spacious as well,, are these boats any good??? whats the difference between the two of them??
You say the nicest things.
I'm still going to be moving mine on later in the winter
, but mostly only because I want side by side seating (my 7 year old is still a tad unpredictable). The XS is a very honest boat, and I have no problem recommending them. And Laurence is a one off.
I have not driven the 5.5 Tornado, but in general I have found Tornado hulls to be capable. The XS 550 is a very stable boat, particular in a turn. Despite mine having the (very nearly) biggest engine it is rated for, it has NEVER chine walked. Both boats have polyurethane tubes, but apparently Tornado are moving their production abroad, so watch out if you are buying a new boat!
If you do buy either, I think that you can rely on Laurence to give you good advice. Good hunting.