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Old 30 December 2013, 08:33   #21
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So its worth buying my kit online then?
Unless there's something that you specifically want to see/ask/talk about with the manufacturers you'll probably get a better deal online, plus you will save all the money on tickets, travelling etc. We're only going because we get free tickets & we're staying with boaty friends for the weekend & making a trip of it. Personally I wouldn't make a special trip, just to go to the show, it's not worth it. We will get there mid-morning & spend about 4 hours in the show & leave about 4ish & get a meal.
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Old 30 December 2013, 08:56   #22
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Ive found that with other shows (Diving, Motorcycling, Mountain biking, outdoor activities) you dont get good deals at the show. I dont expect the boat show to be different.

You do get to feel, see and try the products, ask questions and have a day out.

But for buying you cant beat shopping online, where its easy to compare prices without getting off your backside.
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Old 30 December 2013, 09:04   #23
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Ive found that with other shows (Diving, Motorcycling, Mountain biking, outdoor activities) you dont get good deals at the show.

This made me chuckle ..considering the great big black RIB parked on your drive

I've ended with a jetski and a RIB and a couple of canoes from the Soton boat show so I know its easily done
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We are down that way with friends, so going over on the Sunday seemed to work well - but I have taken the jump on some of the kit I need as this is standard NMEA stuff, Ordered all the kit I need to get the basics setup.

I will poke and prod with the HH VHF's and chat to Evinrude about the gauges I want, as I cant seem to see any for sale in the UK.
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We are down that way with friends, so going over on the Sunday seemed to work well - but I have taken the jump on some of the kit I need as this is standard NMEA stuff, Ordered all the kit I need to get the basics setup.

I will poke and prod with the HH VHF's and chat to Evinrude about the gauges I want, as I cant seem to see any for sale in the UK.
Evinrude won't be there AGAIN Makes you wonder if they actually want to sell engines in the UK
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I will poke and prod with the HH VHF's and chat to Evinrude about the gauges I want, as I cant seem to see any for sale in the UK.
Have a chat to Mike @ South Coast Outboards for e'rude stuff - he knows his stuff. If anyone can get them he can

And he knows the full & real story about BRPs approach to the shows and thier lack of exhibiting....
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And he knows the full & real story about BRPs approach to the shows and thier lack of exhibiting....
Do tell...
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Old 30 December 2013, 09:48   #28
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BRP expect the dealers to cough up for the costs of BRPs stand, more or less.
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it was so long and involved I dont recall all of it - I only went in to buy some plugs for my Johnson !- most of Mikes stories end up taking at least an hour - in a good way
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Ah, yes. Your quite right Peter

So, apart from buying my RIB at a show - Ive only gone to look.
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