I went along this afternoon.
As always at this sort of thing I had a nice long chat with Andre who is such a gentleman putting up with the likes of me who could never afford to purchase one of his great boats. The new Parker looks great, and it was great to catch up.
I really hope it picks up over the weekend for the sake of the exhibitors as it was very quiet.
To be very honest, and I can only comment for today, it was Cr*p, and I mean really Cr*p.
There are hardly any trade stands at all, and the ones that are there are spaced out along the length of the canal in a very comical way to fill the space. It's so obvious that nobody has booked trade space, and a more sensible option would be to bunch them up so it's not so obvious/funny.
The pontoons have hardly any boats on them, and I was probably one of about a dozen people actually walking about on them despite the usual array of shoppers and other visitors to Gunwharf.
I think HMS has really got this wrong, as the entrance to the pontoons is not inviting at all, and it doesn't actually say anything like 'come and have a look'.
The entrance to the ramp is guarded by a security guard, and the lack of people makes it look like you need an appointment or ticket to get in.
As I walked through I felt as if I was sneaking in, not at all like I was being invited down to look at the shiny boats.
As I walked off the ramp it was even worse, as the small entrance was completely blocked by HMS and some other guys talking, making it even less likely anyone would dare to try and enter.
Overall, the £2.90 it cost me to park for 1.5hrs was worth it to catch up with Andre, but that included time to sit and have lunch, had I not chatted with Andre 1/2hr would have covered it.
Just my opinion.