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Old 12 May 2012, 08:56   #21
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Just to let you all know that your feedback is appreciated, we also picked up on a problem with the marina entrance, and Gunwharf have kindly agreed to manage the pontoons more discreetly. Despite 20 A-boards throughout GWQ stating marina open and free to public, GWQ have also created some more signage to make it clearer. Today we have beautiful weather, the pontoons are busy, as despite some of the negative comments on here, we do actually have 44 exhibitor craft on the water here, including an array of models from Warsah Marine, Ribquest, Arctic Blue, Parker Ribs, Walton Marine, Suzuki, Ribcraft TT, Hysucat, Solent RIBs, Pro Marine, 3d, Ribeye, Wolf Rock -Brig, Jbt - Ballistic Ribs, Piranha RIBs, Shakespeare Boats, Voodoo, C- fury, Vortec Systems. On the shore, the land exhibits are really busy too with stands from Russell Powerboats, Excel Inflatables, Azure Ribs, SeaSwift, Monarch Ribs, Coastal pro, Powerboat training, Smartboat, Garmin, Navico, Yamaha, Raymarine, Icom, Suzuki, Arctic Blue, Landau Marine, YouBoat Chandlery, --academy of power and sail, Ribquest, jack fm, Laguna Watersports and Vsar. Anyone not coming will genuinely miss a great show and a great opportunity to support the marine industry and all the exhibiting companies who need your support at this time. This show is introducing boating to a new audience, people are out on the water having fun, isn't that what it's all about! So I would encourage you all to come down and support the marine industry with your presence.
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Old 12 May 2012, 09:17   #22
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sounds like fun
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Old 12 May 2012, 12:36   #23
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Well ... it must be said although it was not as big as I'd hoped it was genuinly great to have a wander around and have a gas with a number of stands.

I also met with Andre (nice to meet you Andre!) who was offering free rides out on his mighty impressive beast!, and always nice to put a name to a face.

ICOM and Garmin were both really helpful when it came to taking us through there new toys (some of which are bigger than my small console!).

All in all, anything that promotes Ribs in a positive has got to be encouraged and supported, and for me this did. There were 100's of people all having a nose, most of which didnt even know what a Rib was.

It would benefit from a few more stands that I could spend my hard earned cash on, but all in all I'm glad I made the journey down.
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Does anyone know if you can go by boat and tie up at gwq???
Hope so, would also be a good way to get more boats to look at. If you can might just have to pop in tomorrow ......
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My wife and I popped over from the IOW today. After reading some of the negative previous comments, we weren't really expecting much, but we were pleasantly surprised with the number of people around. It was good to see that Hugo appeared to have taken on board the feedback, the security chaps were keeping a low profile and there appeared to be some half decent signs throughout the area.
As we live in Cowes, we would obviously have preferred the event to have been there as in previous years, but you certainly couldn't deny that the potential market of "normal" people in GWQ was definitely bigger than the passing trade in Cowes. The trick has got to be how to actually get those people down from the shops and actually taking an interest in the boats.
I also think that it's wrong to charge anyone arriving by boat 10 just to stop off for an hour or so. Make it cheap or even free to get more boats/people there. The more boats/people the more interesting the event appears to potential new buyers.
I would also like to see more "accessory" type stands, everyone likes looking round these, so make it cheap for them to pitch up as well.
Not sure if there were any "on the water displays", but things like RNLI, Zapcat displays, or anything really that gets Jo Pubs attention would be good.
But overall, good to take a look around. The weather definitely helped today, and we have a lovely day with a walk all along Southsea seafront, so we were pleased.
It's all too easy to knock any event, but well done to HMS for at least to trying to generate interest in a hobby/business that we are obviously all passionate about
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I would also like to see more "accessory" type stands, everyone likes looking round these, so make it cheap for them to pitch up as well.
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It's all too easy to knock any event, but well done to HMS for at least to trying to generate interest in a hobby/business that we are obviously all passionate about
Completely agree .. well done for organising it .. and definately agree when it comes to a few more "tat stands", every one loves a chandalry and the opportunity to part with their cash .. even if its just for a couple of quid..
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Well done on the show!

I think if you rebrand and change venue, you are bound to have a few teething problems - hopefully that's all the negative comments were.

I'm all for the event and I think if you can get GunWharf to "play the game" the venue could be excellent.

I agree that there should be more "varied" exhibitors at the show and hope HMS takes that on board for the next one?

On a personal note HMS, we (KB Dry Stack) would have exhibited at the show, if only someone had phoned, e-mailed, called in, sent us a flyer............etc. OK we could have enquired about a stand, but we are busy people and time slips by!!!! A more pro-active approach to the marketing might help get more exhibitors.

However, I must say thank you to the show. We had several people walk round to our Dry Stack and sign up and sold 2 boats from our brokerage to people who were down for the show. So, please, please do it again next year!!!!!
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How was the show today chaps ? You've had the weather for it!
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We had a good show and sincerely hope that it runs next year. It is clearly a difficult climate and the demise of various shows and magazines shows how difficult it must be to get the trade to sign up and spend money.

I chatted to quite a few people that found the ability to marry boats to shopping was a real benefit for the family - indeed one (that shall remain nameless) told his partner that he wanted to take her to Gunwharf for the day and she was well chuffed. She only twigged on arrival but seemingly was still happy.

I only had a brief chance to wander the pontoons after the show closed yesterday and there was very little space for additional craft so I wonder if the fact that versus many shows the boats go out on demo made the pontoons look less populated with boats than perhaps they were. More boats will always be good, a clash of dates with the Sandbanks Boat Show doesn't help.

Thanks to Hugo & family for making it happen - even if it did cost me a fortune in Quba, Crew, Jack Wills, etc etc etc etc

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so Paul ... i should have come and said hello to you too ! .. apologies .. that is quite rude!

Glad you had a good show .. and these shows are all about getting together with like minded people, whether its for commercial use or not .. pretty much all of the people I met were in it because they were passionate about Ribbing, money appeared (!!) to be a secondary affair! (which I fully commend!)
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