Earl's Court Boat Show - Big Disappointment
Just got back from the Earl's Court Boat Show, overall very disappointed.
Opted to wait until 4pm to get the discounted £10 evening entry.
The people selling tickets will absolutely not sell the discounted tickets until 4pm on the day. Based on how few people were inside the show you would think they would have thought twice about this decision.
Expected much more than was within the hall. I do not think the show entry price was value for money even at the discounted price. After 2 hours of walking around twice I had looked at everything I felt was worthwhile.
I was hoping to see Ribcraft :-(
Today appeared to be a very quiet day for the 1st official day of the show. To the point you actually have to feel a bit sorry for the guy's with trade stands as many will not even cover the cost of their stand space let alone their accomodation for the duration of the show!
One guy mentioned that the main sponsor for the show Whyte & Mackay, has just been bought by an Indian company who have the attitude that they bought a distilery not a boat show and were not willing to spend the money on it?
I did get the feeling, getting there at 4pm that after such a slow day, many of the people on the stands actually were fed up and did not really want to give us the time of day.
So much so I would like to mention the only 5 companies which actually did have the decencey to go out of their way to talk to us:
1, Nucleus Watersports
2, ashortwalk.com (guy selling the tide clocks)
3, Stormforce Coaching
4, Serenity Spas (Pricey but they did know their stuff)
5, Weird Fish, (but we did buy something from them)
I do get the feeling although this was a different style of boat show it does lack the support of the big boys, RYA, RNLI, Barrus Marine, Honda, Susuki, Princess, Fairline and Sunseeker. This is the only way I can see this show taking off?
*** Correction *** I stand corrected, apparently Barrus are there. I must be going blind?
The only big players I saw were Raymarine who had more chairs on their stand than in the entire exhibition hall and Crewsaver.
Paul De La Haye