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Old 07 December 2007, 14:32   #41
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Well Nasher and I have just got back from a great day out at Earls Court Boat show. Took all day to get around the stands and we didn't see them all. Not as busy as SBS so you can actually talk to folk and they in turn have time for serious stuff or just a quiet chat. So yes it was quiet which made a great difference over say SBS and well worth going.

Found a Honda hardboat with an interesting colour scheme, yep these two photos are of the same boat, funny lot them hardboat polishers



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First boat up was the Cougar / Halmatic right in the enterance. Think Rib Int did a test on this boat a while back but it did look nice rib as a tender





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Interesting shaped seat

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Found a very nice Phantom Evolution and had a long chat to Neil Holmes who thought the boat was really good for them. Great console which Neil explained took some 9 months to build starting with a block of solid foam



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They had lots of yots too,

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Quizzed Becky from Stormforce Coaching on her knowledge of navigation lights

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Finally some nice touches on a large Cobra, couldn't say the same for the folding seats on the Ribeyes which were there in force.



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As Pete says we had a great day.

Those that think there's not much there must have very limited or specific taste in boats, or were walking around with their eyes shut.

Some interesting larger RIBs and powerboats in the second hall, and all easy to see due to the limited number of people there. Bad for the exhibitors, great for the punters.

Also some very interesting wooden boat building demonstrations and restorations on stands.

One of my favorite parts was the ultimate piece of boating history on display.
The actual James Caird, showing all the mods carried out by the Endurances carpenter on the ice all those years ago. I've read loads about this small craft and its epic journey, but didn't realise it still existed. made me feel very humble standing looking at it remembering all that happened within its small hull.

Wasn't too many overpriced, unaffordable big motorcruisers filling up the hall, and all the people on stands were pleased to answer questions and spend time chatting. Nice to meet Neil Holmes and the lovely Becky on Dougs stand.

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It's nice to have some proper photos and write up, pleased you had a nice day out, did you come back a little worst for wear ?
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