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Old 28 September 2010, 16:46   #1
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End of first season ...... !!

Well we did it! After very late "permission" to start, we have survived our first season. I am really pleased to report that we had reasonable first year financially, having been told not to expect a profit until year 3, we made a modest profit this year.
Helped greatly by fantastic staff, the majority sourced through RibNet and the help, support and encouragement of the RibNet community.

I wont give away to much detail, as at least one competitor reads this forum, but some interesting stats;-
Miles travelled - 11048 (or over halfway round the World)
Passengers - 2500+
Average Load factor - 60%+

All this with no advertising, relying on word of mouth, Facebook and passing trade. We have already spent over 2500 on advertising & leaflets for next year and so hoping for even better results.

At the moment beginning to "relax", but already have a charter for 24 tomorrow! Are we doing it again? Yes, but right now if the right offer were made, I just might be tempted.

If I have not said it before, thanks very much

Steve
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Old 28 September 2010, 17:05   #2
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End of first season....!!

Well done Steve you deserved to succeed ! The smiling faces and very slick operation said it all ATB Tony
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Old 28 September 2010, 17:10   #3
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Nice work fella, are you operating throughout the winter?
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Old 28 September 2010, 17:31   #4
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Miles travelled - 11048 (or over halfway round the World)
Passengers - 2500+
Average Load factor - 60%+

If I have not said it before, thanks very much

Steve
So how many hours have those Verados racked up and how have they performed?
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Old 28 September 2010, 18:07   #5
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glad it paid off, you have succeeded where many have failed from what I've read and seen. Well done.

Two boats next year? just need another location like sandbanks/iow.
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Old 28 September 2010, 19:34   #6
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11048 (or over halfway round the World)
I am sure there were days when it felt like we did all those miles in one day !

As crew I never felt anything but 100% confident in the boat even with the few gremlins that popped up and we did go out in some big big waves . Full marks to Parker & Andre for a faultless product . I dont think even one screw came loose !

As for the Verados we still had to check the engines were off when we fuelled up at the end of the season as they are so smooth & quiet !

Glad it worked out OK for the first time. First year profit in the current market is an awesome acheivement ...

Now I'm sure Andre mentioned a 10m with 700 horses on it floating around ??????
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Old 29 September 2010, 05:03   #7
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Well done Steve and all a great achievement in year 1. Have you thought about a second boat leaving from Bournemouth Pier next season, must be a lot of passing trade in that area, vie seen the 'fun boat' leaving from there but they don't do a cruise/sight seeing experience, I bet you could make a killing from there with a second boat. The Isle of wight would be a good one also, you could do a trip to the needles and across to hurst castle and back.

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Old 29 September 2010, 05:34   #8
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Nice work Steve, always good when a marine venture is a success.
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Congratulations, you should be very pleased with yourself for the achievement.

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Now I'm sure Andre mentioned a 10m with 700 horses on it floating around ??????
Need another skipper for that?!

You could base it at Lulworth, apparently there's a shortage of decent operators down there
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