It was the 2 rib.net gatherings that persuaded me to upgrade my boat
First the trip down the Thames in Feb - I think everybody thought I was mad (and slightly wet) in my 3m TomKat.
Second was the SoC sendoff in Cardiff - again putting names to faces.
These 2 trips are where I met my friends that I now go cruising in company with - before buying my Ribcraft I got the chance to try their boats finding the pros and cons before specing mine.
So these gatherings are a must!! (I've also joined BIBOA and been on one of their cruises)
Poole sounds good - there is a campsite near Wareham which has its own slipway (as seen on www.ribpanther.co.uk
!) - that was the last trip I did.
(Now stuck in Malaysia missing my RIb !!)