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Old 26 September 2013, 14:42   #61
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I'd have preferred to see a few more articles and features of relevance to robbers and small powerboaters. What about "how to buy a second hand rib", rib maintenance, winterise your outboard. Advice from readers, a sort of tips and tricks feature where rhe old lags can share their experience with us n00bs. Group test features: a readers and pros panel evaluate products.

Of course that would take more work than banging together a bunch of press releases and marketing blurb...
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Old 26 September 2013, 14:42   #62
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Lol. Robbers. Heh.
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Old 26 September 2013, 15:14   #63
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I am with VJ..... on that one at 15 pounds sterling I feel it is good value. However a part of me thinks that maybe all of these type of mags have had their day as forums such as this one displaces them.

For comment and observation as I say on my reports

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Oh the irony.
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Oh the irony.
Norn Irony, perhaps
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Old 26 September 2013, 17:44   #65
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Most of the UK boat builders and importers know Ribnet and have some interaction on threads raised from time to time. I also know in the past that its possible for 'trade related articles' to turn sour as members offer up their own opinions, and it quickly turns 'off topic'. That may be part of the reason we don't hear more from them
I've been looking at this post for about 20mins and wondering if I should post on this or not. Well here goes. The trouble is from my experience as a builder of ribs and I suspect this is the same for other trade members is that on the occasions we try to impart our experience and knowledge which has been gathered through years of trial, errors and experiments we get some other guy who's on his second rib telling us we're talking bollocks, after a while it gets annoying.
Although I do this for a living it doesn't stop me offering free impartial advise to help other less experienced ribbers. God know I can rant and be grumpy with the best of them but I like to think I could help someone without getting the crap kick out of me by someone who's just done his first channel crossing.
Well that's my thoughts on it and I guess this happen every day of the week over most trades
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Well said!!
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Well said!!
Nah..he's taking bollocks! :-) haha(joke..just to be clear)
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Old 26 September 2013, 20:25   #68
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come on though - thats what makes this forum lively !
the smorgasboard of skill level and experience of its posters, and by that token, also some of the criticisms posted here about PBR, that there isn't a smorgasboard of opinion or skill / income levels in the articles.

(I just wanted to use 'smorgasboard' twice in the same post -
just in case there was a competition or challenge or something....)
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good one Biff there's always someone with a smartarse comment
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I've been looking at this post for about 20mins and wondering if I should post on this or not. Well here goes. The trouble is from my experience as a builder of ribs and I suspect this is the same for other trade members is that on the occasions we try to impart our experience and knowledge which has been gathered through years of trial, errors and experiments we get some other guy who's on his second rib telling us we're talking bollocks, after a while it gets annoying.
Although I do this for a living it doesn't stop me offering free impartial advise to help other less experienced ribbers. God know I can rant and be grumpy with the best of them but I like to think I could help someone without getting the crap kick out of me by someone who's just done his first channel crossing.
Well that's my thoughts on it and I guess this happen every day of the week over most trades
Or to look at it slightly differently: Whilst there are many good RIB builders in the UK few of them are actually that good at communicating with the ordinary public. It takes great skill to write compelling and engaging copy and to direct discussion in a constructive manner rather than get drawn into an argument. Usually RIB builders got where they are by having a good understanding of boat building and design not by being good journalists or diplomats!

Its also clear just how much time forums (and other social media) can sap from your day, whilst it is easy to think that it would be OK if it was for your job the reality is many builders could spend all day here and not sell any more boats (some might sell less!).
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