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Old 11 May 2007, 17:23   #21
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I agree with codders on his sunseeker point; they were happy to show me and my girlfriend around the various boats they had on their stand at Southampton last year. They obviously subscribe to idea that every punter is a prospective customer.
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No sea trials. Paul (of Poweboat Training) and JK's view was that most people had decidied taking boats out in the inclement weather would put newbies and wives off their possible purchases.

Perhaps some manufacturers are worried that their product range isn't up to the job

After all, you wouldn't want to showcase your RIB in less that Idea circumstances, would you?

Was Ribcraft, Osprey, Redbay, Humber, Avon and some of the other well known manufacturers of no-nonsence good sea worthy RIB's on display?

In my opinion and from the sellers view, it must be difficult to identify a possible buyer. But surley if the sales person is good at their job, they should be able to tell!

When I visited the Sportboat and RIB show last weekend the sales guy on the pontoon next to the RIB X boats couldn't have looked less interested. I guess his boss told him to work the weekend and like it or lump it.
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I agree with codders on his sunseeker point; they were happy to show me and my girlfriend around the various boats they had on their stand at Southampton last year. They obviously subscribe to idea that every punter is a prospective customer.

No, they probably thought of you as a scruffy erk . But if a brand of boats, RIBs or anything else for that matter wants a good image then they have to be accomodating of everyone.

Takes years to build a reputation and days to ruin it.
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Old 11 May 2007, 17:34   #24
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last year i was of the opinion the stands could be better with more stuff and some good chandlers would have been great, however the guy on the electronics stand was very helpful and i made a purchase based on his help and knowledge, but was via the web the next working day.

hopefully there will be some good stands this year and i will probably spend a bit of time looking round the boats as well.

look ing forward to it!
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Dave from Boatcareuk who posts on here is there - he was the chandlery Bruce mentioned. Hes got lots of quality products to be had - rather fancy some of those black lifejackets!
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rather fancy some of those black lifejackets!
Has that Yankee destroyer left the Solent yet? Black lifejackets, black boat... if you look tanned they'll shoot you-I think I got investigated last week
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Old 11 May 2007, 21:04   #27
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Well from the other side of the fence..............

This is the first year we have taken a stand at the show.
I have been a great supporter fo the show for many years with my other hat on.

Whilst there were not hundreds of people there today for us it was great.
All those I spoke to today were serious buyers.

There is only one retailer here and that is Dave from Boat Care.
The black jackets are the Kru Sport from Ocean Safety.
I have had one of these for a year or so and it a great bit of kit.
Especially if your running a trip business.
Easy to put on and adjust.

The fantastic value hand held Bruce mentioned is our HX 270
And yes great valule for money!!

I have to say not sure were you were looking Bruse, with all due respect, but Ribcraft, I know for a fact, have been flat out taking potential buyers for sea trails.
I also saw the Balistic team in and out all day as were a few others.
Maybe you were trying the wrong boats

Friday is never the best day for the show and the weekend tends to be the busiest days by far.

I am sorry you had a bad day out but hope it don't out you off totally.

On a lighter side the power went out in Cowes whilst we were about to go for dinner so 6 of us decided to blat across to Southampton for a meal., trip back was, what can only be best described as "interesting"!
And I have learnt that Adrenaline is really brown!!

Here is looking forward to a good weekend in "Cow" on the "Island of the White" dont ask its a long story!!!

All the best
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Old 12 May 2007, 03:32   #28
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Hi Jon,

For al sorts of reasons - my wife thinks they should service oil rigs - ribcraft did not feature on my list. And Ballistic is too hard a ride for little old me.

I was into the sub superyacht tender but above 6.5 utility market slot and was disppointed in the lack of interest shown by salemen.
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For al sorts of reasons - my wife thinks they should service oil rigs - ribcraft did not feature on my list.
you / your wife are probably part of the driver for this trend in the market!
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Ribcraft did not score because they were snooty when I was looking for my first boat and far less friendly than Parker, Coastline and, most of all, Solent. They were not terribly approachable yesterday anyway!
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