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.