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Old 19 September 2012, 02:43   #11
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We paid a visit on Sunday afternoon taking advantage of the post 3.30 discount and then spent the full day there Monday. Like others have said, it was comfortably busy and the usual selection of stalls. However, with the exception of clothing there was little in the way of discounted stock and many stands were sparsely filled with products. More of a trade show feel than somewhere to actually buy stuff. Still got a handful of bargains though and researched some equipment I'm thinking of getting.
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Old 19 September 2012, 02:58   #12
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Did you notice if anyone had discount on training eg the PB2? I'm looking to Do this in the next few weeks, I'm going to the show on Sunday if there's no discounts at the show I will book up today instead so its done and I cab tick it off of my to do list!

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Old 19 September 2012, 10:23   #13
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As a local person to the boat show i've past by it a few times this week.
I must say that from the outside it dose look very quiet this year.

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Top-end of the [global] market seems to be alive n kicking according to the Sunseeker PR department... time will tell if it's a case of 'turnover is vanity - profit is sanity'
The one thing that i always notice about the show is that as you drive into town every bill board is full of SunSeeker ad's.
Not a single one this year!
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Old 19 September 2012, 10:46   #14
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I went with my brother on Friday and got a few bits and pieces. Seemed very quiet but I thought that may have been because it was preview day.

Had a giggle on the pontoons when I was looking at the two ribs operated by the marines. One was trying to make a fast exit from alongside the pontoon, it would have looked a tad more impressive if it wasn't still tied on at the front. )
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Old 19 September 2012, 12:13   #15
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I spent today at the show. My first visit, was pretty impressed with the whole set up, definitely not as busy as I had expected though, which I suppose from a visitors point of view is a good thing!
Had a good look around some the ribs, nice to talk to redbay of course also had a good chat with the C Fury lads, actually went on a run on one of their boats and was really impressed, built like the proverbial tank, a cracker set up and dirt cheap to run. Drooled over some of the cobra and scorpion models and also looked at piranha ribs which I had never seen before. Plenty of ribs and sibs to see and all the main engine manufacturers on site. Opportunity also to go on a rib ride, saw several types of rib being used ribeye/xs etc
Didn't notice any real deals on chandlery or electronics, same prices as online. Looking for a few bits and bobs so going back for a few hours tomorrow.
Walked the pontoons of course eyeing up the big stuff, some seriously nice craft
Had a pint at the guiness bar, lots of eating drinking options-though nothing cheap!!!!
Its a long walk!! Good day out.
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Old 20 September 2012, 12:38   #16
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I've not been for a few years but WOW - was it quiet!!!!
No bargains, some very bored looking exhibitors and certainly less there in terms of punters and stands. Trade contact indicated that if this is the level to be expected then Excel might be in deep trouble.

However doughnuts delighful and massive bargain on one stand with eight seys of roller coaster wheels plus mounting arms and washers plus new roller, ready to bolt on for 40!!!!! Only bargain there and I looked hard
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Old 20 September 2012, 13:16   #17
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Drooled over some of the cobra and SCORPION models.
For God sake don't let Tom know that or you will be excommunicated from the fold
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Old 20 September 2012, 13:20   #18
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My wife and I are going tomorrow with two pre-booked demos. I'm hoping it will be quiet
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Old 20 September 2012, 14:02   #19
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Been working there this week, really quiet for the days i was working. People looking but not much money changing hands!!!
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Old 20 September 2012, 14:20   #20
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Went by rib, moored at Town Quay which was 2 mins walk as promised by rib net members, thanks. Mooring fee 8 for the day(arrived at 10am left at 6.30pm for Poole. The show did seem quiet but I overheard some negotiations on boats going on. I think if I was a business looking for the show to turn things around I'd be very worried but it is a good showcase for products/boats. Was impressed with the Brig boats. I love ribcraft but do feel their leisure boats look a little unglamourous next to some of the other brands. We lunched at the Tapas across the road and this was excellent.

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