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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)

p.s. Just back from ten days in Roatan - the Ballistic 7.8 is outstanding ... fastest and most versatile boat in the chain of Bay Islands and much admired!
Peter Davies

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

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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