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Old 13 September 2004, 06:05   #11
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I'm also in the market for a 3.1m inflatable or one of Avon's Rib-Lite fold-up RIBs and a 10hp engine. I approached most of the suppliers of same on Saturday at Southampton and was also met with enthusiasm and willingness to promote their products.
Phil, I see you're in the market for a little one to go with your little one! Did you have a look at Lodestar (Roche Marine)?

We're also looking for a small inflatable to enable us to go ashore in less accessible places. We were very impressed by the NSA 220 Ultralight and had an excellent explanation/demo by the MD (JJ Roche). It's the lightest we've found for what we want. I don't think the NSA 220 Ultralight would suit what you want but there are other ranges which might. He's doing a modest discount for orders taken this week for delivery next year (e.g. July!) and won't take any money from you until then (just a credit card print). Find them here .
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Old 13 September 2004, 06:16   #12
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Nice one by Andark. I must visit them. One reason for going is to get a new waterproof jacket. Always found their show offers to be good.
Can I recommend Seateach who are in the Chandelry "tent" by the main entrance. I bought a new Musto jacket there which was around 10% cheaper than anyone else in the show, incl Andark.
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Old 13 September 2004, 06:17   #13
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Phil, I see you're in the market for a little one to go with your little one! Did you have a look at Lodestar (Roche Marine)?
Yes, it appears I'm destined to a life with a little one No, I didn't see Lodestar at the show, but I was very taken with the 3.1m Avon Rib-lite which kind of has the advantages of an inflatable but with the handling advantages of a RIB. It only weighs 43kgs and the transom folds down and it can be packed small enough to put in an estate car with the back seat folded down or lashed onto the roofrack. It is only rated for a 10hp, however, due to the folding transom - a 15 would have been preferable. I basically want a portable boat for wildfowling in the winter so the hard deck would be better for carrying dogs and heavy equipment than an air floor. It would also double up as a fun little run around for using in Wales to save me trailering the Searider 320 miles and back
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Well said Phil.

Being a Salesman I have to agree with everything Phil said. We guys meet thousands of tyre kickers every year and one cannot help but become a little tired of answering the same question 6 million times when one knows nothing will come of it. One gets to recognise a buyer a mile off, however, the odd one does slip through the net. I would agree that such events tend to bring forth people like me who enjoy tyre kicking and infact do it as a hobby, however, when I'm in true buying mode I make it obvious "Hi, I'm interested in one of these, can you help", this usually works you should try it sometime.
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Hi MeMe & Phil

I understand what you're saying about 'tyre-kickers' - my parents have run their own 'retail sector' business for the past 35 years - but talking to the customers is exactly what the salespeople are paid to do. My parents can also spot with 99% accuracy the time waster from the serious potential purchaser, but they make a point of greeting everyone who enters their shop and asking if they are happy to browse or would they like some assistance. It only takes a few seconds and ensures everyone leaves feeling happy and may return in the future. The salesman from Ocean Quay RIBs used that very line whilst we were 'tyre-kicking' a RIBeye.
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The chap on the RIB-X stand approached me and asked if he could help me, but I was playing with the power trim on the display boat!

I thought a number of the salesmen were quite miserable and I tried to have a look on a smallish 30ft? Grand Banks style thing. The salesmen said I could only come on with an adult ( I am 17) or if I could show him a winning lottery ticket! I told him I would love to see the boat in the solent and blitz it past in my RIB this thing only did 27 knots!

I did however get a bargain from Nautequipe marine supplies - a teleflex speedo and pickup kit for 35 quid.
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I did however get a bargain from Nautequipe marine supplies - a teleflex speedo and pickup kit for 35 quid.
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Tyre Kicking

What if anything does this actually tell the person doing the kicking?

Theres a tyre there it isnt an illusion?

Yes my foot is still attached to my body

I am able to discern that, that tyre is 2 psi below the previous tyre I kicked.

Please explain its always mystified me.
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What if anything does this actually tell the person doing the kicking?

Theres a tyre there it isnt an illusion?

Yes my foot is still attached to my body

I am able to discern that, that tyre is 2 psi below the previous tyre I kicked.

Please explain its always mystified me.
Time wasters!

We ask every one who comes in to our shop if we can help them?
90% are "just browsing"
If only I stocked browsing!

It a pain but if you do not ask you will miss the ones how knead help but will knot ask!

Nick "can I help you, do you know your way around the shop, have you been B4?" Hearne
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Can I recommend Seateach
Thanks Alan
Seateach are only a mile from me at home. I know them well and am a lot poorer for that privilage. They are also very good for electronics, especially if you get the on Friday afternoon when the get back from the pub!
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