IMHO it's a better location, easier to get to from the SE too.
A couple of big boats to look round (one big greyone and one with big masts) and a fairly unique chance to have a look round a lifeboat.
More space and less crowded.
'bargins' not obvious but they never are unless you are looking for them. I would say the normal show discounts were there, but ilve always viewed it as more of an opportunity to look and feel before you buy - kinda like a huge chandlers really.
Infact i never find there is enough time to look in one day (being into all things water) so I'm there again tommorow
with a different group of friends.
Oh, finally, the FIB is something that has to be seen, they are about £12k+vat i think.