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Old 24 November 2005, 16:13   #11
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Which one would cope the best in really rough conditions?
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Old 24 November 2005, 16:15   #12
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A good question Andy.

Ours did fine in big stuff at the Swinge


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Old 24 November 2005, 16:32   #13
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I only ask because the Solent looks a much more sporty than the XS which looks much more traditional and rugged. I must say that for the smaller size of RIB upto say 6m's the XS does it for me and the extra beam is much more desirable.
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Old 24 November 2005, 19:41   #14
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I'm really pleased with my Solent 6.5. Difficult choice. Remind me who manufactures the XS .

Having a local builder and outboard service agent is something I'd recommend you seriously consider.
Ok this is something we don't yet know. But that doesn't mean that they're not well built. The official line is that they are a major UK hardboat builder with huge production capacity. The service from Barnet Marine is top notch as well. I live in Cork, yet whenever I need anything or have any queiries they're the first people I ring and are normally quicker than my local service guys.

I never really considered Solent when buyin our first RIB, probably because I prefer the more traditional rugged type (Redbay, Tornado, Excalibur, Delta) like Hightower said. I've a sneaking suspiscion that the XS is better in the rough, but probably is not as quick/light a hull as the Solent.

There's an XS-750, XS-850 and XS-950 being launched at LBS '06 so the 750 is probably a better comparison with the Solent 7.5. Might be worth the wait.

Like I said before though, it'll be your personal opinion that will be the deciding factor.

One factor to consider if you didn't already know is that the XS has PU (polyurethane, not PVC!!) tubes and the Solent has Hypalon tubes.

Just opened a can of worms there (sorry!! ). Different people have different opinions on this. Been discussed many times before. PU is by far the better for fade resistance and abrasion resistance and tends to look new for longer, but is a lot harder to glue than Hypalon, it's still possible, just more complicated.

So how confused are you know??
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Old 24 November 2005, 19:54   #15
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Worth a look.

XS: (top 2 are Andy's PR photos for Barnet Marine)

http://www.badviz.com/Galleries/XS600/index.htm
http://www.badviz.com/Galleries/ClubRib/index.htm

XS-600 Airborne!!
New XS-600 / Merc Opti 150

Barnet Marine:

http://www.badviz.com/Galleries/XS600/index.htm
http://www.badviz.com/Galleries/ClubRib/index.htm

Solent:

Far Fetched - Maiden Trips
Merlin - Photo Essay
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Ok this is something we don't yet know. But that doesn't mean that they're not well built. The official line is that they are a major UK hardboat builder with huge production capacity. The service from Barnet Marine is top notch as well.
Yep, I agree. I was told the same by Barnet Marine. However, knowing who was going to make my RIB was important to me. It was also fun to visit the factory at milestone points in the build process to actually see my RIB take form.

It really is down to personal opinion and your specific requirements. There are many happy XS and Solent owners on this forum.
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Ok this is something we don't yet know.
Err, "What do you mean ‘we,’ white man?"
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Can you get an Opti with the XS?? or does it have to be a Yam?

If you've any questions re: XS-Ribs I'll be happy to answer. Have mine now nearly 2 yrs and its never missed a beat.
Thanks for that - I have a quote from Barnet Marine for the XS with a Opti 200 but if I go the XS route I would prefer to buy from my local supplier on the IOW, Kevin Mole and he only does Yamaha. Is there much difference between an Opti200 and a Yamaha HPDI 200 as I am being quoted similar prices between the two. Should I spend the extra £1650 and get a 4-stroke Yamaha 200? Must admit that outboards a re a bit of a mystery to me - not even really sure how many strokes I need!

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I only ask because the Solent looks a much more sporty than the XS which looks much more traditional and rugged. I must say that for the smaller size of RIB upto say 6m's the XS does it for me and the extra beam is much more desirable.
Did my PB2 on a Solent with a F6 coming back from Hamble to Osborne Bay and it took it in it's stride, unlike my knackers which swapped places with my kidneys until I learned to brace myself a little above the jockey seat over the big ones!

I perceived the XS to have a slightly softer ride, but there wasn't a lot in it. I do however like the idea of the extra beam though, as I'm quite beamy myself!
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Old 25 November 2005, 07:52   #20
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One factor to consider if you didn't already know is that the XS has PU (polyurethane, not PVC!!) tubes and the Solent has Hypalon tubes.

Just opened a can of worms there (sorry!! ). Different people have different opinions on this. Been discussed many times before. PU is by far the better for fade resistance and abrasion resistance and tends to look new for longer, but is a lot harder to glue than Hypalon, it's still possible, just more complicated.

So how confused are you know??
Oh great! I can't even decide what engine I need, now I'm worried about the type of polymer the tubes are made from!

Thanks!
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