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Old 24 November 2005, 10:51   #1
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XS versus Solent

Am currently trying to decide between these two RIB's and it's not easy.

XS is a 700 (7.2m) with a beam of 2.6m and the Solent is a 7.5m with a beam of 2.4m. The XS has a Yamaha Z200 and the Solent an Opti 200. Layout is bow cushions, console with front seat, 2 x single jockey seats plus bench at the rear plus A-frame and the usual bits and bobs. Quotes for both are within 200 of each other. For another 1650 I can swap the 2-stroke Yam for a 4-stroke 200 on the XS. Boat will be kept in a marina and used all year round in the solent.

Any opinions? This is my first RIB so If I am missing something important let me know!

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Old 24 November 2005, 11:00   #2
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Ideally try them at sea. I may be able to arrange a try on an XS-600 is that helps (Early Satuday - Solent).

Do you have much boat handling experience? What do you want to use the boat for primarily?
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Am currently trying to decide between these two RIB's and it's not easy.

XS is a 700 (7.2m) with a beam of 2.6m and the Solent is a 7.5m with a beam of 2.4m. The XS has a Yamaha Z200 and the Solent an Opti 200. Layout is bow cushions, console with front seat, 2 x single jockey seats plus bench at the rear plus A-frame and the usual bits and bobs. Quotes for both are within 200 of each other. For another 1650 I can swap the 2-stroke Yam for a 4-stroke 200 on the XS. Boat will be kept in a marina and used all year round in the solent.

Any opinions? This is my first RIB so If I am missing something important let me know!

Solent Ribs

XS Ribs

Cheers!
I do not know what your budget is but you could consider my Parker 750RS with Mercury Verado 225 (overall beam is 2.75). Layout: wide Patrol console, 2 x two man jockey seats, each with backrests and side supports, bench seat, A frame,

The rib is at Littlehampton marina and ready for testing/demo

Have a look at Ribs for sale where you will find the full spec, price and some photos
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Old 24 November 2005, 11:30   #4
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Am currently trying to decide between these two RIB's and it's not easy.

XS is a 700 (7.2m) with a beam of 2.6m and the Solent is a 7.5m with a beam of 2.4m. The XS has a Yamaha Z200 and the Solent an Opti 200. Layout is bow cushions, console with front seat, 2 x single jockey seats plus bench at the rear plus A-frame and the usual bits and bobs. Quotes for both are within 200 of each other. For another 1650 I can swap the 2-stroke Yam for a 4-stroke 200 on the XS. Boat will be kept in a marina and used all year round in the solent.

Any opinions? This is my first RIB so If I am missing something important let me know!

Solent Ribs

XS Ribs

Cheers!
After a lot looking and sea tests I have ordered a solent 6.5. (due in feb-06)

every one I have talked to that have a solent are more than pleased

give lee a ring at solent and go for a spin

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Ideally try them at sea. I may be able to arrange a try on an XS-600 is that helps (Early Satuday - Solent).

Do you have much boat handling experience? What do you want to use the boat for primarily?
Hi - really appreciate the offer, but I've tried an XS and did my PB2 on a Solent 6.9! They are very closely matched in many areas, hence the dilemma.

I have years of low speed experience with shaft-drive 40' boats on the Norfolk Broads and a little experience of RIBS and outdrive motorboats.

I want the boat for transport around the solent, for fun and for carrying parents/girlfriends/my labrador. I live 5 mins from East Cowes Marina.

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Have a look at Ribs for sale where you will find the full spec, price and some photos
Will have a look, thanks.
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After a lot looking and sea tests I have ordered a solent 6.5. (due in feb-06)

every one I have talked to that have a solent are more than pleased

give lee a ring at solent and go for a spin

steve
Did my PB2 on a Solent, so am probably more familiar with them than any and was impressed, but also impressed with XS.

Life's tough!

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Old 24 November 2005, 13:36   #8
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Old 24 November 2005, 15:07   #9
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And I'm happy with my XS too!!

There are plenty of threads on here about both types, so a quick search will bring up hours of reading. Really they are both very good RIBs, and TBH I think it should come down to your own personal opinion rather than anything else! 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.
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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.
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