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Old 12 September 2002, 03:11   #1
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<I have moved this message from another thread where RIB International was mentioned, and put it here to make it a separate topic JK>

RIB International, is a law unto itself. How it gets away with what it does, in my very personal view, is mind boggling. I subscribe because there's nowt else. There should be.

No half decent publisher should insult his customers with the the likes of...

* Three page features that start witha double page spread of a single pic (often irrelevant) and then less than a page of words and more pics.

* Bits of puff culled from press releases sent in by advertisers that is passed off as "News".

* Main editorial features that either unintentionally or (gawd forbid) deliberately turn into "advertorials" for advertising customers.

I could go on.

There are few niche markets like ribbing that are served so badly, again in my opinion, by its' press. And I cannot think of one in which there is no competition like this one. It makes me

Now (he pauses for breath) I'll wait and see what sort of response that short tirade provokes....
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Old 12 September 2002, 05:37   #2
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Oh a subject dear to my heart!!!

Mike,

You know my thoughts on the subject!

Rib Int is often irrelavent (I recall product news about stuff of passing relavence to RIB owners), is always a triumph of glossy presentation (although so glossy and badly laid out that it is often difficult to read) over content and frankly only gets the circulation it does because its the only game in town!

HMS is a nice enough chap and some of the contributors are very knowledgable but its not worth the money, the website is cr*p and I get the impression that RIBEX is the money generating part of the operation.

I guess there is a fine line between getting the advertising revenue fromrib manufacturers and being too independent in thought about rib design, quality and service but I have never read a really bad or negative review of a RIB at all. Mind you the same could probably be said for Motor Boat and Yachting, PBO etc etc.

You know what needs to be done about it! Who needs an easy retirement anyway?

Alan
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Old 12 September 2002, 05:56   #3
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So, we've "outed" ourselves, Alan. Maybe that's where it will all end. Who knows?

But what I would like to see on this thread are postings from the, no doubt, many supporters of RIB International. Tirades are pretty meaningless unless they make someone else

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Old 12 September 2002, 06:05   #4
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I have to say that the last few copies of Rib Int have been rubbish. There are so many things that they could add to the magazine which would be of interest to us all but never do. Oh well. One day we may get a decent mag.
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Old 12 September 2002, 06:07   #5
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Hi Mike,

Sounds like you could be getting back in the publishing business...

Where do I subscribe ?

All the Best

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My latet copy of RIB interntional landed on my mat this very morning, o to see this hread was quite timely to say the least.

I scanned through the mag over breakfast, and failed to find a single page that capture my attention enough to actually read the article in depth.

Having scanned it further what is there is, in my opinion, hardly worth reading.

I find it such a shame that the fascinating and exciting subject of Ribbing should be treated so shabbily by its main source of information.

So Mike, if your looking for an editor for your new venture......
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I would have thought that the biggest RIB story of the year would have been, and still is, Alan Priddy's circumnavigation. For RIB International to totally ignore the story, never even mentioning Alan's progress once, smacks of small mindedness and a lack of generosity of the soul.
As an individual I like and respect HMS a lot. But I am surprised by this aparant meaness of spirit in the magazine that he edits.
I subscribe to R. I. because it is the only game in town-but I do wish that it would either improve or have competition.
Being a conspiracy theorist I also find it uncomfortable that there is no healthy Readers Letters section.
So, if anyone else wants to publish a rib mag you may count me in as a subscriber
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I completely agree with most of the above.

Landed on my mat yesterday and had finished reading anything of interest in about 15 minutes!

The worst bit just has to be the car tests. I don't think that any writer had been near any of the cars tested at all. They have basically got the manufacturer's brochures and taken most of the wording and photos from them. If you compare the writing to any popular car magazine it looks what it is, completely amateur.

I also read Motor Boat Monthly yesterday as I had a particularly long train journey. This included more about Spirit Of Cardiff than Rib International.

I am also not that interested in Ribex in the middle of September, I would be more interested about who's going to be at the Southampton boat show.

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Quote; Increase your earnings to 60k, buy a copy of Rib international and it all comes easy;

I made this statement in an earlier thread which may have been misunderstood by some so I'll try to clarify. As my passion is sea angling and with a pedigree in fast fishers, I noticed that when the seahog was weatherbound, Ribs were still going out. So I did some research which included buying rib international. Didn't manage the 60k bit though. It nearly put me off. It gave me the impression that ribbing was a corporate world open only to the rich and famous, very cliquey, and that it had drifted away from its roots. I want practical articles, how to make/mend things, peoples experiences in the waters that most of us use, not the bloody amazon. It has a bias to the top end of the market which I feel is not where most ribbers are. If I want to read about vehicles, I'll buy a car magazine. The only writer I feel any affinity with is Andy the outboard man. This forum is a far better read and takes a lot longer than the 15 mins to get through RI. For me, PBO has the best format of the boating media but is biased towards the sailing fraternity. So come on RI. More for the troops, less for the generals. P.S. I feel much better now.
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Never found a copy of RI in any WH Smith - or anywhere else!

Doesn't sound like I'm missing anything!!
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