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7.8m Ballistic

It cannot be by chance that the oldest boat in our fleet is also the one which is most used and which we have subsequently bought two more of since the delivery of our first one ten years ago. Our 7.8m Ballistics offer a very comfortable and dry ride, fantastic versatility and have stood up to being the workhorses of the Necker Island fleet with unparalleled success. We highly recommend them.
Kenton Jones, Operations Manager, Necker Island (Richard Branson's Private Island)

Since purchasing a 6.5m Ballistic 3 years ago RIBs have literally transformed our weekends: They are just so practical and affordable. If you know little of boats then JBT are a great start as, with a full induction and RYA course qualification, we were well on our way. To the uninitiated RIBs and Ballistics in particular are a superb way to unwind and, whether it's flat calm on Boxing Day or a midsummer evening, quite exhilarating.
Having got the bug we upgraded 2 years ago to Apollo, a 7.8m Ballistic: more space, more power and still easily towable. Last summer saw us towing her on a leisurely drive down to the Mediterranean - best family holiday we've ever had, with pictures to prove it. Every day was spent out on the boat (best way to get around), mooring in deserted coves, snorkelling in azure blue bays and chilling in the evening watching the fireworks in Cannes harbour.
Destinations this year? Back to the Med of course, as well as weekends here in the Solent, England's own Riviera. So thanks to all at JBT, for our inductions, superb back-up, advice and for literally putting smiles on our faces every Friday in anticipation of the weekend ahead!

Ken & Kathlyn Watson – Chichester

Ken & Kathlyn Watson – Chichester

I have been boating for a number of years with various cruisers over 40 ft, but my family and I wanted to try something more exciting and decided that a RIB was the way to go. I went to several RIB suppliers and brokers but I found Jason's no nonsense approach refreshing, with no high handed pressure sell. I decided on a Ballistic RIB as the write-ups sounded impressive, after sea trialling both the 6.5m and the 7.8m versions I wasn't disappointed! I settled on the 7.8m with a 250hp Evinrude as the ride felt better to me and would be more comfortable for the whole family. Jason even modified the bench seat to accommodate my daughter with special needs. Justin ran the Power Boat Level 2 course which he made great fun and very useful, navigating at 50 knots is a whole new experience! Beverley offers a great after-sales service and seems to keep the boys in line, which is no mean feat!
I can't say enough about this RIB, I have been in some moderate/rough seas already and the old adage 'you will give up before the RIB does' really applies with this RIB, she just loves the rougher weather; I am amazed at the performance and handling, particularly of the Evinrude engine, it’s a monster but so easy to handle around the marina and such great fun in open water! I feel very safe taking out the whole family and if we get caught out in difficult seas, bar me being stupid, I feel confident she will get us home safely.
Rob Holder, Hemel Hempstead, December 2007

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Ballistic 6.5m


Have been meaning to drop you an e-mail since you delivered the boat to Cowes on 31st July. Wanted to say that I very much appreciate your help and advice at all stages of the purchase (from 1st visit to JBT to your instructions on the Hamble). Timing was perfect for our Summer holiday in Yarmouth; the boat has been admired by all. I can confidently say we have put some hours on the engine. Really cannot fault the boat in any way; I am sure we haven’t properly tested it in adverse weather but have become increasingly confident in the “solent chop”. Sarah is planning to do a RYA power boat course in the near future.

Thanks again,
PS Happened to visit Seaview and noticed a lot of Ballistics on the swinging moorings; it looks like you are establishing quite a reputation there!
Andrew Coombes – September 2009


We just wanted to let you know that we are absolutely delighted with the new bench seat on our Ballistic. In fact we are delighted with the Ballistic as a whole, as well as everything that JBT Marine have done to accommodate us, making the whole buying experience a good one.
We have also just a had a fantastic day out on the water with Angus of Seasmart, who not only did a terrific job in putting us through the level 2 course, but also very ably demonstrated what the 6.5m is fully capable of, re-affirming our decision to buy a Ballistic. A great after-sales tool!       
Once again, many thanks for everything that you have done to help us.
With very best regards,
Nick Simmonds – June 2009


To all at JBT
I would like to thank you all for the fantastic service you have provided, from test driving a Ballistic RIB with Jason, through the purchase and collection, to the after-care, which was exemplary. Our 6.5m, 200hp Evinrude, which we have imaginatively named 'Go Ballistic' is amazing and has given our family and friends hours of fun this summer. I would not hesitate to recommend either the boat or JBT to anyone. A BIG THANK YOU!

Clare Revitt, September 2007

Clare Revitt, September 2007
We are delighted with our 6.5m Ballistic, which is proving perfect for all the things we do on the water, from going to the beach to water-skiing to trips to the Isle of Wight and beyond. Jonny and Louise [or JBT Marine] gave us very professional advice, which was important to us as first time buyers and their after-sales service has been absolutely first class.
N. Backhouse, West Sussex, September 2007

Earlier this year I acquired a Ballistic 6.5m RIB from JBT Marine. I had sold my last boat, a Ribeye 7.5 the previous year and was looking for a replacement. I needed a boat that would be quick, fun, safe, suitable for watersports and with a quality build. I met Jason who offered no nonsense advice in a forthright fashion! I soon understood why! The product quality and standard specification excels in all regards and, in my opinion, puts to shame similar boats that have a far higher price tag. From safe family cruising to wave jumping, this boat handles in an exemplary fashion. The few teething problems understandably associated with a brand new "out of the wrapper" boat were dealt with in a timely and efficient manner. All in all, this is a 5 star product delivered by a 5 star team. I have recommended the Ballistic RIB to several friends and will continue to do so. Many thanks to JBT for steering me in the right direction and for the superb after-sales service.
Jason Parker, Portsmouth, August 2007

Having never previously owned a boat, I purchased the 6.5m Ballistic from JBT Marine two years ago. At the time I found their advice very useful and totally unbiased. I have since discovered that I have definitely made the right decision and own one of the best RIBs of its size on the market today. The aftersales service offered by JBT Marine has also been exemplary and they have resolved any minor teething problems without delay and without me needing to get involved. This has resulted in me having uninterrupted use of the RIB - something me, my family and friends still thoroughly enjoy! Undoubtedly one of the best toys I have ever bought!
Charlie Holroyde, June 2007

You are welcome to tell any prospective buyers that your product is fantastic and your service superb. I don't know how I have survived this long without one.
Charles Knight May 2006

A huge thank you for all your hard work and superb organisation over the last two weeks preparing our Ballistc 6.5m, we are thrilled with the end result. We have just had two brilliant days afloat. In 25 years of boating those 2 days have been quite simply the best, absolutely exhilarating, please pass on our thanks to the whole team at JBT. Thank you very much for the jackets, we all looked very smart in Brighton Marina. Thank you all for a job well done.
Keith and the Winchester family, May 2006

My first impression of JBT Marine as a prospective customer was the quality of their product. A broad portfolio of new and used RIBs were available to view and their premier stock, the Ballistic Range, definitely fulfills the needs of a demanding and discerning client. The sleek lines, high specification equipment and exhilarating performance comes at a price, but no-one should expect to acquire such an asset for a minimal outlay. The Ballistic RIBs are definitely value for money.
The JBT experience does not start and stop at the product range. The attention paid to customers by all staff is excellent. Right from the first introduction you are made to feel that you are important to them and attention is paid to every detail that is important to you. They are prepared to be available to suit the customer's time schedule, including weekends and holidays. There is no discussion of the boats available until they properly understand your real needs, expressed or not! As options are reviewed, you are gently guided to the preference that most matches your needs and may even be steered away from a less suitable, although probably more expensive, alternative.
Taking Sea Trials under the guidance and support of JBT staff is a delight; attention is paid to the comfort of all participants and the whole experience is accompanied by an informative dialogue. At no time is there any pressure selling; the product quality and professional service of JBT Marine removes the need for such business practices. The post-purchase experience continues with the same theme... at each stage the customer is talked through all the intricacies of his or her new boat and is taken through a tutored sea trip to ensure competence and safety at the helm. Delivery handover is equally efficient, with road-ready preparedness, organised documentation and the hassle of warranty registration already sorted.
Overall, to deal with JBT Marine means to buy from a company that has a first-rate product where nothing is too much trouble if it is important to the customer and attention is paid to every detail. There is no doubt that I shall be coming back!
Colin Lewis, March 2006

To whom it may concern:
I bought my boat through JBT Marine, but before buying a Ballistic 6.5m they arranged a sea trial which I found invaluable since its the only true test of a boat.
Having been to the boat show and done a lot of research I chose the Ballistic 6.5m. The package suited exactly what I was looking for; the build quality is top class with a huge amount of versatile stowage space. The boat rides well in all seas and with the chosen engine really gets up and goes. The electronics package is is very comprehensive, it even includes a CD player!
The entire experience dealing with JBT Marine has been a pleasure. They have been helpful, knowledgeable and above all, extremely efficient.
Alister Campbell, March 2005

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Ballistic 5.5m

Hi Matt

Just to let you know we had a fantastic day on the new Ballistic at Exmouth today.  It gave a very smooth ride and the engine is very smooth and powerful. Can hardly believe it is a 2 stroke. I think a 4 stroke would have been too heavy to manhandle on and off the trailer and pushing around our driveway. So we are all very pleased with the 5.5 Ballistic and look forward to a lot more fun next year.

Many thanks
Tim Willcocks – September 2009

We bought a Ballistic 5.5m RIB in March 2006 from JBT. We have had fantastic fun on the Solent visiting beaches and marinas. Early this year the RIB developed a fault with the petrol tank. JBT investigated and identified the cause of the fault. Because of the inconvenience, they replaced our boat with a 2007 model at no expense to us. For us, JBT kept to the word of their 'Customer Charter' - their after-sales support is excellent. We have had a great summer using a great RIB.
P & J Smith, Portsmouth, September 2007

My husband Atty was born in a boat – he loved them and up until five/six years ago owned a hard hulled vessel. Atty began his hunt for the ‘perfect RIB’ two years before we found JBT marine. Jason at JBT talked us through our requirements in great detail, listened, and then walked us round the vast boatyard presenting only those that fitted the brief. We were both incredibly impressed by Jason’s knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. What a nice guy. We ended up buying a Ballistic 5.5m and never looked back.
I became captain of ‘Baby Ballistic’ two years ago. I was a complete novice, but very keen to give it a go as my children loved the boat as much as their Daddy did. I needed BIG help and support in all aspect of maintenance and transport. Amazingly it worked out. We did it and have had two glorious summers afloat. When I say ‘we did it’, it is very much a team effort including all the boys and Louise at JBT Marine. Many, many thanks.
Sophie Cowling, Ballistic 5.5m Owner, Isle of Wight

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