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Old 03 December 2007, 12:07   #31
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*** Correction *** I stand corrected, apparently Barrus are there. I must be going blind?


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Well I spent the first weekend there, got back last night.

I think that it is a real pity that there were not more people there.
This has the potential to be a great show.
Of those that were there they are and were spending money and for those who have tands that is what counts.

Many of those exhibiting commented on how well they were looked after and how nothing was to much trouble......unlike another event running company!
The layout was great and the basics are there to make this a really good event.
James and his team listen to those paying to be there and don't just pay them lip service!
I totally agree that in the time they have had they have put together a great package.
Hell NBS have been at it for years and still don't get it right!!
This event is run by those who get on the water at grass roots and I think that counts for a great deal.

Why oh why is it not a show if Sunseeker and Fairline are not there?
There is far more to the British marine trade than just them!
IMHO NBS (National Boat Shows) main problem is that it is run by these people and not the grass roots marine world

This show must have NBS worried as two ladies were spotted at the tube station giving away "FREE" tickets to the Excel show!

As for Raymarine being there this is not totally true, like us and Icom they had one member of staff working on a dealers stand. They did however sponsor the "Education Zone" which is manned by Jon Mendez and his team (Swiss Tony etc)
Shame the VHF's on display could not be used to show people how to use the DSC side of the unit works, Which was the idea when this area was suggested to the event by someone not a million miles away

I also think that there will be a lot more stands there next year.
We, like many others, were and always are nervous of a new show but by supporting our dealers we are supporting the event.

Am back up on Wednesday and Sunday.

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Old 03 December 2007, 16:09   #33
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Couldn't agree more, the show was excellent just not enough people there unfortunately.
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I'm thinking of going up to the show on Friday.

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Had to be in London for meetings today (honestly!) so popped in for a quick look. Quieter than expected though apparently busier than previous days. Lots of rags and sticks if you're into that sort of thing (and a bloody big puddle in the middle of the floor - must have been one hell of a leaky roof!). Quite a bit of powered stuff with a few RIBs to be seen. Picked my next RIB (Cougar R10 - don't care how it goes it just looks the biz! And don't bother telling me why it's no better than a <insert your choice of RIB> 'cause I 'aint got the money anyway!). Nice chat with Doug Stormforce - will be doing some business there. Plenty of clothes and bits for sale at what looks like good prices (although probably just clearing last season's stock)

In summary, as others have said, a bit small, need a few more people to show and visit and it could be a really good show.

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ps - and apologies to the ladies of RIBNet - a fair bit of 'totty' on show though I resisted the temptation of a massage from one of the young blondes!!!
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ps - and apologies to the ladies of RIBNet - a fair bit of 'totty' on show though I resisted the temptation of a massage from one of the young blondes!!!
Looks like Friday could be better than I thought.

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Guys I am going on Saturday, thank you Doug.

Apart from Doug (I take it you are going to be there) are their any other Rib.Netters exhibiting or going to be there.

Going to see what it is about and in what way it compares to the other shows, London, Southampton and also to the Ally Pally Dinghy show (or sticks and rags show!!!)

Cool, may take the camera if I remember.
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Nasher and Pete were off there today so I'm waiting to hear their views tonight before I commit to a full day out at the show - unless there'a any other feedback

Like the sound of th massage though - better than an over priced pie at Windy city in docklands
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Nasher and Pete were off there today so I'm waiting to hear their views tonight before I commit to a full day out at the show - unless there'a any other feedback

Like the sound of th massage though - better than an over priced pie at Windy city in docklands
dont commit a full day,an hour/2 is plenty of time. not having a dig at anyone but there is very little there, might get better in time,but without the big names there its going struggle. two london boat shows one month apart clearly isnt going to work
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