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Old 11 May 2012, 13:17   #11
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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.

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Old 11 May 2012, 13:30   #12
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For me it was perfect. I knew who was going to be there and spent the morning with the C Fury guys who even took me out for a good demo in some decent chop, I then spent an hour or so on the Coastal pro seat stand and unlike the other boat shows I got time, attention and proper customer service. This is obviously because it was quiet but I only needed to see these companies. It's never going to be as big as Southampton, find out who's there, if you have no interest in them don't go, just like any other event. If you want proper time talking to some company in particular, it's better than any other show as there aren't dozens crowding the stands.
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Thanks for the reports guys.

I'm taking the boat across tomorrow to make an afternoon of it with the family. Spot of lunch at Gunwarf, shopping, walk around Old Portsmouth for a drink, along Sally Port to the arcades for the kids and back for Fish and Chips.

At least I'll be doing something interesting if the show doesn't pick up.
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Old 11 May 2012, 16:15   #14
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Looks like not sepnding 1200 on a stand was the right move then.
Probably, it might get busier at the weekend but I doubt it. Many serious boat people probably don't fancy gun wharf at a weekend. I don't think it works at gun wharf but I could be wrong.
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Old 11 May 2012, 16:20   #15
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That made me laugh, yes the security guards are intimidating, when I went to go back up the ramp they made a point of being vocal and making sure I exited on the left, even though I was the only one on the ramp. I think there were about 30 people on the pontoons, that's 27 exhibitors and 3 visitors. Lol.

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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.

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Looks like there were more ribs on the Anglesey trip.
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As usual there will be those who like the show and those who don't.
It was the same with Ribex in Cowes. why on the IOW why not on the mainland ect

We had not done Ribex (now PBR show) for a few years but when I heard that it was going to be at Gunwharf I decided we should exhibit.


As far as I remember even when Ribex was in Cowes Friday was never a busy day.
Hopefully the weather will be good for Saturday and Sunday and we will all have a good show and a good time.

Give HMS a chance to make this work and stop banging him. Where would we be without people like him.

Simon it was great to see you and to have a chat . I am now back on the water so I am sure we will meet up in the Solent soon

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston came on board the Solent Voyager and interviewed Adam the owner / operator for BBC Solent radio. This interview was on the air at 7 PM

Solent Voyager is now at Gunwharf and we may do a few short blasts into the Solent
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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.
Totally agree. I knew it was free, but even then remember saying to my buddy "do we need to get a ticket from somewhere". As you say, a big sign saying "free boatshow" or something would help greatly, along with slightly less intimidating security!
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well....

Me and mrs b are down from kent. Stayed in the swankey holiday inn ! And went out for di ner in gun wharf quays. Must be said im a little dissapointed in the size of it, however as a first time at gwq its going to take a while to get it right!

It is good to support a show such as this and i hope it is successful to the chaps on ere that are exhibiing.

Ill be down this morning however i think well sped more time shopping around the centre than the show. Hopefully this will grow in size as the years go on.

Good luck to all taking the trip.

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guess whatever HMS does, you can't please all the people all the time, but at least they are trying to do something and put a show on
as mick said, probably more ribs on Anglesey trip the other weekend, maybe that's the way to go for some exhibitors, show your ribs off at a RIBNET cruise, there we two on that cruise and they both seemed to enjoy the day
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