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Old 14 January 2015, 15:30   #31
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I went to the show yesterday and found it really good and looked at loads of ribs the only negative comment I can make is I spent about a couple of hours looking round the main hall housing Princess, ribs and loads of flashy power boats and only noticed the other huge hall housing sailing boats and all the masses of small interesting stands with only another half hour before the show closed this is because they left a really narrow small gap on the edge of the Princess stand (which is massive ) to get to the other large hall. I am sure loads of visitors never noticed the other hall or maybe it was just me!
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Old 14 January 2015, 17:47   #32
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I went to the show yesterday and found it really good and looked at loads of ribs the only negative comment I can make is I spent about a couple of hours looking round the main hall housing Princess, ribs and loads of flashy power boats and only noticed the other huge hall housing sailing boats and all the masses of small interesting stands with only another half hour before the show closed this is because they left a really narrow small gap on the edge of the Princess stand (which is massive ) to get to the other large hall. I am sure loads of visitors never noticed the other hall or maybe it was just me!

Agree the massive think Sunseekers covered the hall and I entered the other end to you and was looking for RIBs so knew there had to be another section, poor layout for the Middle section as you say almost suggested half a hall used
Will add image showing how hall looked like and end wall when in fact same area beyond
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Old 14 January 2015, 17:51   #33
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Went on Tuesday but only because I got a bargain Flybe 30 return Exeter to City airport.

A lot of the equipment manufacturer stands seem to have shrunk. Navico (Lowrance/Simrad/B&G) and Standard Horizon don't have a stand at all.

As others have mentioned, lots of RIBs/powerboats and engines so worth a look in you're in that market.

The '4D Experience' at the back of the hall is possibly the most underwhelming feature ever (but mercifully brief). Not much else in the way of visitor entertainment.

No boats on the water although that may have been canned in previous years.

For a mid-week it wasn't embarrassingly quiet though.
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Old 15 January 2015, 10:19   #35
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I dont think they cater for the general boaty populous and the location is difficult if not time consuming compared to SBS
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Navico (Lowrance/Simrad/B&G) and Standard Horizon don't have a stand at all.
Bugger!, that's half the reason I'm going, I wanted to see the HDS Gen3, according to Lowrance's website, they are exhibiting Grrr!

Ah well, there's always Borough Market & the Whisky shop in Vinopolis I might even have a look around HMS Belfast, as I've never visited her before.
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Still planning on going tomorrow with Ribraff and Daniel
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Old 15 January 2015, 15:46   #38
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I'm just waiting at Euston for my train back up to Manchester. Had a great day at the boat show, saw some lovely boats, nearly bought a Bayliner, wished I could afford a Sunseeker, picked up a new lifejacket and some mooring/bridle line. It took about 5 hours altogether to get around including the lunch (which was the only crap part of it)
All in all, it was a really good day!

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A lot of the equipment manufacturer stands seem to have shrunk. Navico (Lowrance/Simrad/B&G) and Standard Horizon don't have a stand at all.
poop

Was hoping to have a play with the plotter i've already decided on. Nevermind, it'll be a nice day out and we get to visit the sister in law.
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For some forum members the SEAWORK show could be worth a visit.
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Date :16-18th June
There will be a limited number of commercial RIB builders showing, along with electronics, shock-mitigating seating etc.
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