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Old 16 January 2010, 12:54   #21
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I am at the show tomorrow, will spend all day.

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Old 16 January 2010, 13:36   #22
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Myself and the smaller Nashers have been at the show today.

We arrived at @9:45 this morning, parked underneath Excel right by the stairs up to the show, and after showing my home printed tickets we just had to wait a few minutes before the show opened at 10:00.

We walked around the North hall first, and were almost on our own for the first Half hour, and didn't really notice there were many people about until around lunchtime, however by @2pm it was a completly different story, as it did get quite difficult to move around with the amount of people that suddenly seamed to aappear. We were so glad we'd got there early and seen all we really wanted to before lunch, so left by just after 3pm.

Had a quick Chat with the guys on the Cobra stand about the 'Coffin' mentioned in this thread. They explained that you are not meant to sleep in the ex-engine compartment with the lid down.
The boat comes with an awning that attaches to the open lid and also encloses a section of the deck to provide a more comfortable arrangement. The middle section of the bench seat is also removeable to provide walk in access. Why this isn't made more clear on the stand I don't know.

All in all a good day for all three of us, the Smaller Nashers enjoyed talking to everyone on the stands before it got busy, and have picked out a 4M williams jet RIB to replace their 3M Zodiac SIB when I win the lottery.
Well worth the hour and three quaters drive each way from where we live about ten miles North of Portsmouth, so much better than trying to do the journey by train/tube/DLR.

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Old 17 January 2010, 11:51   #23
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We ended up popping over today - followed Nasher's idea and got there as it opened - very quiet but by 12 a lot busier

Enjoyed the coffin bed Cobra the Zego (sp) - wouldn't mind having a play on one of those and also liked the little hand held min sub things - can't remember the name but looked a lot of fun.

Also thought the family water craft on the Yamaha stand pretty cool - a four seater jet ski or at least that's how it looked to me!!

Sadly didn't buy a bargain but tempted to get a couple of the new Crewsaver 190n lifejackets - anyone for a bulk buy!!!!!!

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John - are the orange bits on the side of the Zego on the boat or some sort of support? if on the boat what p urpose do they serve?
They are spray deflectors and give a bit of extra lift when planing. Are you going to buy one now?
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They are spray deflectors and give a bit of extra lift when planing. Are you going to buy one now?
as I don't buy lottery tickets it is particularly unlikely... ...but my curiosity has at least been satisfied. Thanks.
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A few more images from Yesterday.
1) The 10.5 Cobra discussed already ('kin hell that things long)
2) A rather nice looking Ribcraft 7.8 complete with Ullman seating
3) XS Ribs had this well specced workboat - think it was for Northumbria Police (but may be wrong)
4) I know this isnt a RIB but it was still cool

Good show I thought - certainly busy on Saturday
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Old 18 January 2010, 09:59   #27
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I can just imagine how much one would have to over-inflate the tubes to keep 1300 litres afloat.

Not much- petrol is lighter than water.........

Keeping it on the plane however will need the full 1300 litres to keep the engines running!
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Old 18 January 2010, 13:36   #28
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great pictures

Well great pictures.

The only problem is I dare not go !!

why you say. ?

Because for one reason i would be there for weeks just looking and then I would be in so much financial trouble.

But just a quick look at the pics are great..
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Was there just after 10, went to press room gathering some press releases, walked through both halls said hello to friends on stands, second round taking pictures and completed the show before 14.00 hours.

Show not as excited as last year and was not busy at all.

Now in foggy Southampton heading for Plymouth tomorrow

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Was there just after 10, went to press room gathering some press releases, walked through both halls said hello to friends on stands, second round taking pictures and completed the show before 14.00 hours.

Show not as excited as last year and was not busy at all.

Now in foggy Southampton heading for Plymouth tomorrow

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