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Old 16 May 2013, 16:37   #1
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I've only gone and done it !!!

Just bought an Xpro 530 on fleabay so now have to come cap in hand and pick everyones brains.

She (I assume she is a she) will need pampering with the necessary extras (furry dices on the rear view mirror etc) and hopefully some sensible suggestions from the forum community.

I will have to keep her in Summer on a trot mooring and move her indoors for the winter. Up to now I have had a 5hp Yamaha which I could wheel home and clean out every use, but will obviously have to leave a 50hp on the Xpro. Is there anything I can do to minimise problems ?

Does anyone have good (or bad) tales to tell me regarding Xpro 530's.

I will now sit back and wait for the flack

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Old 16 May 2013, 16:43   #2
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I think Daniel is working on an Xpro at the moment.
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Old 17 May 2013, 02:30   #3
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Just bought an Xpro 530 on fleabay so now have to come cap in hand and pick everyones brains.

She (I assume she is a she)

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Old 17 May 2013, 12:29   #4
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I think that the X pro's are made in China and the tubes are PVC, but they also do hypalon at extra cost.

They do look good in the pics on there website but I have never seen one in the flesh.
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Old 17 May 2013, 13:56   #5
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Are they the bill highman imports?
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Old 17 May 2013, 14:51   #6
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Are they the bill highman imports?
The guy from Seaswift down sarf does em Matt.

Bill Highwayman does the Seapro originally from China, now Egyptian made ribs with German PVC fabric tubes and Italian console and fittings
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Old 17 May 2013, 16:02   #7
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confused

B****y H**l,

don't we make anything ourselves. With all this international trade co-operation I still don't know if are they are any good.

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Yes we do make plenty our selves & now you have bought it do you really want to hear they are c**p?
I have only seen the aluminium tenders at SBS & the did look well put together
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Old 18 May 2013, 11:30   #9
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The guy from Seaswift down sarf does em Matt.

Bill Highwayman does the Seapro originally from China, now Egyptian made ribs with German PVC fabric tubes and Italian console and fittings
Oh bugger Avoid or what? Didnt Hadd have one it sank?

Are they any good? Could it be the same one?
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That's what we have got. Liked the first one we bought so much that we upgraded to the latest layout last year. Our actual boat was featured in PBR magazine Oct/Nov last year around Lundy Island and Dave Swift of Seaswift took it on sea trials over to Guernsey.
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Old 18 May 2013, 13:57   #11
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Its The Sea Pro lain. , enjoy !!
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Oh bugger Avoid or what? Didnt Hadd have one it sank?

Are they any good? Could it be the same one?
You Pissed AGAIN!???
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you bloody got me druk agin!
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In summary a good purchase, especialy at that price (saw the winning bid)! Go out and enjoy it, pm me if you want more info.
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Update

Just returned from Seaswift and they were very helpful, (me being so ignorant of ribs).

They said the bottom thingy was made in China and not Egypt.

I am having the hull anti-fouled but after their advice, the base of the rib is not being anti-fouled, as to have the bottom of the tube would be to de-value the rib !!

They supply a Garmin 451s GPS. I thought about upgrading but changed my mind as I will be keeping fairly local.

I did think that the power controls should be on the right hand side (sorry Starboard), away from the main passageway, but that was already fitted.

Not sure were to to fit the drinks cabinet and cut glass.

It's going to be a long wait till I have time to pick the rib up but I will have to
do some swatting up on how not to look a complete **** when I first launch.

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Old 14 June 2013, 09:20   #17
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Xpro 530

Launched (succesfully) last Sunday and chugged round estuary getting to know her. Had fun getting on the swinging mooring as it was tide against wind and choppy, and I had not bought a mooring strop


Next day after sorting strop I motored up to 2000 rpm, and then after 1hour 3000 rpm, but feels superb.

SWMBO decided that she could smell petrol. Checked the bilge and sure enough saw some fuel. After a quick phone call to Seaswift it was agreed to take to agent in Porthmadog for checking.

Robert Owen Marine were very helpful (even stayed open late to receive the rib). Next day, after checking, they thought it might have been a fuel line fixed at an angle so refixed. Also as I had filled fuel tank prior to launching it could also have been coming from the vent pipe !!

One decision I need to make is a solar panel for the battery. I thought I could get a 10w flexible solar panel and either glue or bolt onto the seat in front of the console so that when she was on the mooring I could remove the cushion and connect to the battery. Is this practical ?

I will not be able to use again for a least a week so when she is returned I will
continue with a steep learning curve and report back.
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