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Old 13 May 2007, 17:37   #51
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"hmmm too much Polish Vodka really does the most awful things!!"

You did look a bit jaded as we pulled in on the Caesar just as you were leaving!

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Old 13 May 2007, 18:03   #52
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Well that is the weekend over.

For us a great success.

Met lots of great people.
Some new some not so new.

Great to see Lousie and Richard oh and the ickle one, Dave Manning, Garfish, Paul G, Hightower, Nauti and Nice (not sure which is which!), Nauti Boy, Andre, Simon Hawkins, Tim and his good lady, Mr Lemer, Cookie and Kitten not forgetting our very own JK (where is my hat!!) and loads more.
Great to catch up with a couple of my old mates from Icom, have a few beers and chat about the old days
Its like a who's who of Ribnet lol
Sorry if I missed you, nowt personal been a long weekend and I am getting old!

Where you there Codders? gutted you never came and said hi if you were.

Even sold some kit through the only retailer at the show Dave, well done Dave but shame about the key, don't ask another long story!
Picked up a number of new trade accounts also.

You may even have been lucky or unlucky, depending on your view point, to hear my voice on the PA, and yes I do have the perfect face for radio!

IMHO RIBEX is never over attented but from a sellers prospective its not about numbers but the fact that maybe 90% are real buyers.
It is always a good show both socially and work.
Well done Hugo and the team keep it up and we for one will keep coming.
Whilst some may moan about it, about its location IMHO it works.

Boat your not wrong mate being lucky enough to be next to the Goats and Outsheds stand, sorry boats and outboards I was fortunate to share the company of the lovely Binny and Charlene, might have been lobbing it down but they made up for that
Tell Charlene she can eat all my chocci anytime!

Anywhere enough of my pontificating.
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Old 13 May 2007, 18:07   #53
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well done Dave but shame about the key, don't ask another long story!
Captain Catastrophe strikes again! I'll never know how he does it!

Mixed views on the show this year it would seem - having been working all weekend I'm disappointed to have missed it, although it sounds like I may not have missed as much as first thought?

Ah well - at least I didn't have to stick my hand in my pocket and buy Jon any more drinks, has anyone else noticed he never stands his round...?
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Old 13 May 2007, 18:16   #54
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That was what I was shouting down the phone late last night when I had to drive half way accross Hampshire (You owe me a cider for that Dave )
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Old 14 May 2007, 03:18   #55
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not forgetting our very own JK (where is my hat!!)
You can buy a hat in the RIBnet shop. They are in stock and ready to send out.

Alternatively, sign up as a trade member and persuade Yaesu to advertise here and I'll bung you a freebie.

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Old 14 May 2007, 03:45   #56
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ribex 2006

I went down last year, very disapointing, took me 40 minutes to see everything test drove 2 boats both were helpful to a point somewhere short of interested.
won't be going again as its a long way and to be honest I get more out of a day at southampton.
What it does have going for it is a good location, and relevance to my boating interest, sadly it seems perhaps that there are too few exhibitors for me to make the trip.
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Old 14 May 2007, 04:18   #57
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2007 far better than 2006

Well from our point of view a very good show the weather put a lot of people off and left some buyers. 4 boats in three days is a pretty good average and in a per hour/ investment must be comparable to London so good on the sales front in that perspective

The industry is remarkably under funded and for some manufactures to show three boats can take them very close to the bread line? So don’t be too hard on exhibitors if it doesn’t look as they made a huge effort they have!

Then to spend 3000 + on the show plus accommodation its not cheap for someone selling 20 ribs a year

Ribex is like London in many ways, it introduces your boats to new markets and new distributors that’s really the purpose on the bigger level.
That’s why its important to be there we have sold over 30 boats into a market in 2006 because by being at ribex you are perceived from many countries as being one of the elite in the industry .

That’s why sunseaker do the shows, there’s not many real deals done at shows on that level that’s not been actually sorted out prior?

So great ribex 2007
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Much of this reminds me of a certain well know Rib builder who exhibts at Southampton Boat Show. Two years ago I went to their stand three times with credit card in my pocket and a desire to buy a boat, each time I was told come back later etc.

All I wanted was to verify a few details and buy. I was not after a demo just some service.

End result was we went else where, have since bought four RIBs including two second hand, a new one from Leeway and a new one from Barnett/Tornado. These are people that want to talk to there customers
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Old 14 May 2007, 05:51   #59
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I wonder who that was then !!!

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Never mind all that Dave.

Did you give Nauti a good hosing down?



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