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Old 15 September 2014, 11:11   #1
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Southampton Boat Show 2014

In a pleasant change from last year I was at the show yesterday in brilliant sunshine, and it was busy! I normally try to avoid the weekend crowds, but other commitments conspired against me this year, but it was good to see so many people there. There was definitely more of a buzz about the place too with everyone I spoke to sounding really positive.

It's definitely a good show for RIBs this year, with the overall quality being higher than I can ever remember. There were fewer identikit imports, and a lot of really smart looking well finished boats instead. Here's some of what I saw, in no particular order, but starting this year with the MacRIB of course. Not much to add her really, as I think it's all been said, but whisper, crew2 and lakelandterrier were taking every opportunity to tell the story at the show
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Next up is Ribeye. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea, but I was very impressed with the finish on all their boats and the darker tubes that they've been using for the last couple of years really do look smart. They've definitely upped their game a lot over the last few years.

The new console, on it's debut outing, looks like a good bit of kit. Well thought out to provide maximum space around the sides (handy when you're putting 7 proper seats in a 5.5m boat!), with good helm ergonomics (offset wheel, built-out throttle) and plenty of foot and leg space. Some nice extra touches include a lockable glove box with built-in USB charging socket, cutouts for speaker mounting, and an external battery switch to avoid having to grovel around inside the console to turn it on and off. The GRP also comes with an optional shimmering "sprinkled with fairy dust" effect which looked rather fetching as it glistened in the sun.
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As well as a massive stand, they also had a load of boats on the pontoons and were busy all day doing demos.
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Ribquest had a strong on-water presence with some more of their immaculately turned out boats, clearly showing that they can cut it in the high end leisure market...
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...as well as the "very serious indeed" end of the market! That Shockwave ICE console is an amazing bit of kit, and this boat had the 4-seat version plus another two Shockwave seats behind.
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Ribcraft supplied the Show Patrol boats as always, and had a few other purposeful looking boats on the water plus their regular stand ashore. It's a pity that their latest creation was busy working, because it would have been a real headturner at the show:

London RIB Voyages - Our Boat - Fastest speedboat on the Thames
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Highfield had their aluminium hull RIBs taking over a big chunk of the main Honda display in Solent Park, plus a couple of boats on the pontoons.
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Piranha had a mix of their leusire boats, and commercial boats from their manufacturing partner TechnoRIB.

This year they were actually giving boats away - provided you had 100k plus to spend on a Legend yacht first. There's always a catch!
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Humber had a couple of contrasting RIBs on the Suzuki berths. A very shiny white Sports Pro 800, and the new Ocean Pro 750 that was delivered to Dorset Police last month.
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MacRIB sponsors Boatylicious were showing off a couple of smart looking Lomacs on the water and a very sleek Technohull on land.
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