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Old 21 September 2007, 16:20   #1
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Southampton Boat Show 2007

Well, I finally made it to the Southampton Boat Show today and spent a few hours looking around and taking some photos.

There are a load of RIBs there this year - lots of the usual suspects, plus a few more exotic offerings and a whole load of similar looking light grey imports.

I didn't photograph everything, but here are a selection in roughly the order that I found them as I wandered around. I've posted separately about the Goldfish here

First up: Selva. Their engines are rebadged Yamahas and actually say "Yamaha" on them when you take the lid off! The Italian built RIBs are nicely finished and at around £18k all in (6m boat, 100hp 4-stroke, trailer, cover, VAT) makes a great value family boat.

JCraft from Portsmouth were showing their beige 580 and a rather nifty little 290
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Old 21 September 2007, 16:24   #2
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The very strange Uni-Cat. Don't know what else to say really . . .

Walker Bay Genesis 270 tender on davits

Compass RIB from MB Boats
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Seeing an Atlantic 22 from this angle would normally mean you're in trouble and swimming!

RNLI display stand (one of several)
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The Rib-X lineup

Looking a bit less conventionsl, Zar RIBS

The BWM Animal in the middle of the Honda stand
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Williams jet tenders

The little Honwave SIB has an unusual approach to the air floor concept. Rather than a flat floor with an inflatable keel, the floor itself makes the V hull.
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One of many Ribcrafts at the show (several on the stand, plus patrol boats and try-a-boat) this all black RIB was looking very smart.

Also in black, this 5m workboat was on the Brig stand to let people know that they don't just make white med-style RIBs.
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A rather, erm, unusual looking catamaran RIB from MotorCats

A big Stingher sitting on the floor

RIBs from Silver Marine

Valiant RIBs, keeping up the grey theme!
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Revenger 29m with the 31 in the background

The Revenger 31 cockpit
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The Barnet Marine / XS-Ribs stand, looking exactly the same as it did when they sold Tornados!
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The Bladerunner RIB. Except it isn't really, is it?

Bladerunner cockpit featuring a set of Ullan seats. The seats have excellent shock absorbing suspension, but I can't help feeling that I'd like a bit of lateral support on a boat this fast.
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