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Old 10 January 2007, 03:44   #11
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To anyone who has been this year to the London boat show....what did you think of the show, got any pics to show us, any bargains to be had. Ive heard
so far it hasnt been good for visitors or exhibitors....
I travelled up on Monday by public transport, 2 hours door to door which I thought was very good.

Lots to look at and loads of RIBS, I wish I had more time to look around really but I had business to do. They have made some improvements in the layout and there are more attractions, I particularly like the engine maintenance demonstrations.

Much better than Earls Court for many reasons.
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Old 10 January 2007, 05:00   #12
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I was gonna go but its in London. Transport system sucks and driving not welcome to Londoners. Blame the Mayor.
My preferred route to Excel is to take the train into central London then use the Thames Clipper boat show service. It's probably not the quickest or cheapest way of doing it, but it's very convenient and a bit of fun.

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I went with the intention of ordering some jockey seats but no-one was interested in doing deals
What sort of deal were you expecting? I think that on the whole "boat show specials" are a bit of a myth these days - if they ever really existed!

How was your smoked salmon platter?

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Old 10 January 2007, 05:17   #14
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What sort of deal were you expecting? I think that on the whole "boat show specials" are a bit of a myth these days - if they ever really existed!
We're doing 10% off at Victory Yacht Charters and Haslar Sea School, and we're not even at the boat show...

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Old 10 January 2007, 05:46   #15
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What sort of deal were you expecting? I think that on the whole "boat show specials" are a bit of a myth these days - if they ever really existed!
I disagree. Traders are Southampton were happy to do reductions on already reduced prices. As an example I managed to get a further 20 off a crewsaver lifejacket that was already on offer. If they wern't willing to do any reductions that's fair enough, but if I express interest in someones product I expect to be treated like a customer, not just some student who's after a free pen (thats another thing there was a distinct lack of free pens).

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Didn't have one but it did looked nice
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still havent seen any photos yet!
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Went Sunday. Have Never been to Excel before. Car parking is a joke. You suddenly arrive at the place in what seems the middle of nowhere, where you join a short que of cars (on a sunday). As you open your window to the attendant selling the parking tickets, he asks you 'HOW LONG?' ...Erm, I'm not sure mate?! I'm going to a show where I will spend a couple of hours walking a couple of hours talking and a while getting lost?!, how longs a piece of string? - '...OK IT'S 5, 10 15' ....errrr?

So as it turns out you might as well pay a fiver and in reality you stay as long as you like - nobody checks tickets there and if you outstay your pay on your ticket you just even it up on the way out If somebody is manning the barrier - which they weren't on sunday evening.

The show itself, although lacks the character of Earls Court, is much better layed out and there is so much more space you don't find people get in your way as much. Unless you are on the Sunseeker stand. The amount of people on there was also a joke at any given time - even up to 6.30pm when all the others had emptied, Sunseeker was still crawling!

RIB wise, I didn't see anything other than a 5m Valiant which I thought was good value - I spent 7hours there and didn't see any mouldings or accessories for RIBs - Not like the Southampton, where there are quite a few stands selling the sort of stuff you might like to stick in a RIB.

The engine/outboard companies where all there - although I was dissapointed to find Yamaha didn't carry any accessories or parts - go to the Volvo stand opposite and they carry loads. However I was after a water seperating fuel filter and met the guy on the Yam stand who supplied my boat who gave me a great deal on one after the show.

The best value powerboat was, in my view the new princess V45. It's SO much better value than the Sunseeker Superhawk 43 although the superhawk is totally stunning in Silver and black the princess offers the same sort of thing with double the space and cabins and a sliding roof to go with it. Unfortunatley Princess had sold the first 5 (4 of which are still in build) so I couldn't come away with it on the back of the car.

Overall I enjoyed it, met all the people I usually do and came away less stressed than I remember being after Earls. I think this show has really turned into the East Coast boatshow in a way - Most of the exhibitors and chandlerys are from that area of the counrty and from what I heard from most people alot of the south coast lot that once attended the London boatshow don't bother so much. Personally I think if you are going to look specifically at RIBs and accessories, wait and make the effort to go to RIBEX or the Southampton Int. You will find a lot more there that interests.

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I was considering going up on sunday to see if I could get a deal on a drysuit.
But it seems I could be wasting my time.
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I was considering going up on sunday to see if I could get a deal on a drysuit.
But it seems I could be wasting my time.

No I wouldn't bother if thats the only item you need, I went looking for a couple of auto lifejackets, but I got the ones I want 10 cheaper from a shop on ebay than at the show and they arrived the next day!
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Dito on the carparking thing; we wasted 9 on parking when we could have got away for 3.
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