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Old 23 January 2013, 10:10   #1
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London Boat Show 2013

I finally managed to get to Excel on Sunday for the last day of the show. Given the general doom and gloom, coupled with a few inches of snow, I thought I'd find an echoing hall with tumbleweed blowing along the aisles. Actually it turned out to be much busier than I expected.

This year the boat show just used the south hall, but unlike the last couple of years it filled the whole length and didn't have great gaps between the stands. The Outdoor and Bike shows were in the north hall, which again seemed to be a good fit with the boat show.

In previous years I've driven to Excel, taken the DLR, or used the River Bus. This year we went by cable car. The Emirates Air Line is the newest way to get to the Royal Docks and it's only a five minute walk to Excel when you land. The view is excellent!
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Old 23 January 2013, 10:15   #2
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So on to the boats, in no particular order, and probably not comprehensively:

Ribeye were there in force as usual, but instead of their usual ranks of lookalike pale-grey-and-blue there was a big innovation: another shade of grey

Their custom range was on show with rather smart dark grey matt finish tubes, as well as a range of different seating and deck layouts.
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Old 23 January 2013, 10:20   #3
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No such changes at Barnet/XS and Cobra who's stands looked pretty much as you'd expect if you had ever seen them before.
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Old 23 January 2013, 10:31   #4
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The Wolf Rock Boat Company had a good selection of Brig RIBs on display
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Barrus/ABC Marine were showing their AB Inflatables from Colombia, ranging from the 13DLX at just under 4m to the mighty 28VST which looks a lot bigger than its 8.5m
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The immaculate British built Williams jet RIB tenders looked as superb as ever - brilliantly finished, works of art almost
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Slightly confusingly Piranha RIBs had prominent Union Jacks on their Polish-built boats. Their range has gown a lot since their tie-up with Techno Marine, and the boats were generally well finished and looked good in their Piranha colours of two tone grey with orange accents. There was a more traditional properly orange boat too for those that prefer that sort of thing.
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Slightly tucked away to one side was the Scorpion stand - I can't remember ever seeing them at Excel before. They had Ben Ainslie’s new Serket 88 on display, complete with Ullman seats and a pair of 300hp Verados. The J P Morgan BAR America's Cup team obviously isn't feeling the pinch just yet!
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Also sporting a pair of 300s (Yamaha this time) was the striking red 10m Technohull seaDNA 999 cabin version.
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And finally in the traditional "but it's not a RIB" section is the Parker 660 Weekend. A hard boat based on a RIB hull - there's a turnaround!

Anyway this little boat, just over 6.5 metres long, manages to include a full cabin with four berths, a well designed helm that is actually usable, a galley and dinette, loads of storage and a decent size cockpit. Oh, and about 7 foot of headroom in the cabin
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