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Old 21 September 2007, 17:20   #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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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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