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Old 18 September 2012, 02:21   #1
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Anyone got on feedback on the Boatshow? Attendance; exhibitors and visitors? New/innovative product launches for ribsters?
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Old 18 September 2012, 02:45   #2
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I will let you know later today
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Old 18 September 2012, 03:18   #3
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We went on Sunday, was a little smaller(again) than last year, and we felt not very busy for a Sunday compared to other years. Which of course was good as a punter.

Enjoyed it though, saw what we wanted to and did what we went for.

I'm back on Thursday without the family to meet some friends and spend some time on stuff the family isn't interested in.

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I'm heading there on Saturday....news report in Boating Business bears out Nasher's view about visitor numbers over the weekend but opening [trade announcements?] day was well attended, perhaps this is a reflection that the public/'nice day out' visitors are staying away?

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'
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Went today as planned, it was very quiet but we picked the Tuesday as one of the quieter days.

Turnout of stands seemed good and all the old favourites were there.
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Is it possible to arrive by sea ? I'm taking a rare day off work and want to combine it with a run out on the boat from Poole.
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Is it possible to arrive by sea ? I'm taking a rare day off work and want to combine it with a run out on the boat from Poole.
Yes but only if you moor at Town Quay alongside the red jet terminal and walk five mins- no mooring at show
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I went there on Sunday afternoon and I did enjoy it but found we'd not really left enough time to get round the show.

Plus we used the Podium car park which shut at 5pm so I had to move the car and then go back in! I'm pretty sure it was on the show website as one of the official parking areas so it was a bit annoying!

There were some good chandlers on site but no real discounts were obvious with them. I suspect that given the internet competition its kinda hard to offer something special at the show now-a-days.

My major gripe was cost. I got in on a free ticket but my friends didn't and as a typical nuclear family I was taken back by the 80 cost to get in!

I'm fortunately not a family man but that did seem a tad expensive for a day out. We ended up getting our lunch from an on site concession and I expect a seriously impressive bacon roll for 4!

Surely the show should be much cheaper as its an opportunity for the exhibitors to demonstrate their wares and get sales?

That said I was welcomed on the stand by Topper, Ribcraft, Mercury and Barnet Marine with open arms. I was spoken to like a good friend, offered drinks, made some new contacts and it was a genuine pleasure to be there. Rest assured you will get my business again in the future!

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Tried to visit by RIB on Saturday but was made to feel so unwelcome by 'marshals' who agressively told us to keep away that we did. A boat show that you can't visit by boat? Now at Monaco Yacht show and warm welcome and smiles.
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Thanks, we'll head for the town quay then. Looking forward to it
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