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Old 31 October 2005, 04:29   #1
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I need to buy a lot of bits for the new rib as i will fit it all out myself. I am wondering if typically the london boat show is a good place to get good deals or whether i am just better off searching for the best price via the web. I need everything from an engine to general fixtures and fittings to nav gear and steering.

has anyone in my position done this and gone to the boat show to get the majority of their kit and saved a good tidy sum?

any views would be helpful
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Old 31 October 2005, 06:45   #2
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From my view point..

Dealers always offers "show specials" I know we do.
This is normally above anything that you can get at any other time of the year.

This might be special pricing, it might be free add on's.

So boat shows are always a good place for a deal.

Just my thoughts

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just research everything first and go armed with best price list.

then go round and play all the traders off each other and your best internet prices.

only problem with this is you end up using up the whole day running round and dont have much chance to enjoy yourself

i managed to get a few good deals at southamton like this. but you must go amed with best prices as a lot of show prices are higher than on line.

also - lookout for manufacturers or distributers who are exhibiting with a dealer as an extra discount is often available there.
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It certainly helped us Chris.

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I have had quite a few bargains at both LBS and SBS, wetsuits, fish finders etc. However I am a little devious in the fact that I try to go on on near the last day!
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Nicest probably working at wholesale and getting at staff prices like I am doing now for my coming baby Arctic Challenger which should be ready in the spring.
Will have a look at London boat show for fun.

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I agree with Jizm
Go on the last day and dont exspect to look round the boats, get you prices off the net, If this years Southampton Boat Show is any thing to go by, the trade was so far down that that they where just happy to turn there money over. belive me i saved 700 by going back on the last day.
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all good advice guys and thanks so much, depending on when the boat is completed i have been advised it is much better to do much of the fit out before the tubes go on, is there a view on this? Also depending on when it is completed i will then work out what bits i need and when, some will be needed sooner so i can get some of the work out of the way.

I think a visit to the london boat show near the end looks like a sound plan and i will do that and will be fully armed with pricing from other sources so i can do some negotiations.......should be fun.
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The other advantage is you can go and poke and prod the kit under one roof.

The look and feel can sometimes be more persuasive than the price and spec.
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Old 01 November 2005, 18:22   #10
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i had a bit of a poke and a prod and a feel at the southampton boat show which was very enjoyable. Helped me work out what i want next which was good
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