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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