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Old 14 November 2003, 05:53   #1
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Rib Ex 2004 comments requested

As you may be aware the Rib Ex 2004 (4-6 June) show is going to be held at Cowes Yacht Haven, West Cowes, Isle of Wight next year. I am thinking of having a stand there but I'm not sure if the venue is going to people off so I have a question to put to you, as rib owners or people interested in ribs.

Will having to travel over the Isle of Wight put you off going, if so where would you prefer to see the venue, i.e. Southampton, Portsmouth etc.

If you would go, would you travel there by ferry/red jet or would you go in your rib?

Any comments gratefully received
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Old 14 November 2003, 05:59   #2
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There is another thread under 'RIB cruising' entitled 'Second Inaugural RIBnet conference' or similar:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3115

It concerns arrangements regarding a meeting of RIBnet members to coincide with the RIBex event. Quite a few members have already expressed an interest, most of whom seem to be taking their own RIBs.

Hope this helps.
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Old 14 November 2003, 06:20   #3
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On an economic basis ( and I am not expecting you to answer this question) if the new exhibitor fee is more expensive than last Ribex the i don't think the attendance would be as great, but it would be Ok cos the rib population is increasing all the time.

If the numbers worked out for you at last ribex and you had a good time, you seemed to be when you were taking my money,( I got a good deal by the way) the look at 10% down on visitors and I'd think you'd be there.

I'd prefer to see it on the mainland and I would prefer to see it in Southampton as It's a much better venue than the alternatives.

There was talk of a new rib show in southampton this year but I am not sure what is happening.

But if it's the only show in town then I am going. probably by Rib cos it's less hassle for me, but they do have a good deal with the ferry people and they are claiming mooring facilities will be available to Ribsters.
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Old 14 November 2003, 09:55   #4
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Julie, if you go then in addition to lots of shinny props for sale could you display a house of horrors ? and examples of ones you have repaired etc.

How about offering a balancing service on the stand ? and a free assessment.

Discount for Ribnet members ? (worth a try)

By the way nice to have you on here. Prop questions often crop up as you seen and answered on another recent post. By offering free technical advice you automatically gain free advertising which shows Steel Dev willing to respond and offer a personal service which is exactly what we are after.

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i would much rather see a mainland venue. Im not so much looking to buy something this year as i am just going to see whats new. i think its that anything that i buy would have to rattle around under my ribs seat, which does not have a lock on it for the rest of the weekend.
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Old 14 November 2003, 10:39   #6
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I have been to RIBEX for the last 3 or 4 years and much prefer to spend my time looking around at the various suppliers and manufacturers stands.
You are "lucky" if you can get a ride on a rib, however, it is nice to see them in the flesh rather than just in photos in magazines or on webpages.
Also I would like to join with Pete7 and others in welcoming you to this forum. As a happy customer of yours, I know that others here will also appreciate your expertise.
I guess next years RIBEX will be interesting from various points of view.

Against, is the added cost/dificulty in getting there. My feeling is that this will severely reduce attendance, possibly by as much as 50%. If I were a potential exhibitor I would not take stand space unless it was cheap-cheap. I reckon I would get my money spent better by addressing my customer base here and on other websites. My sole objective would be to get my phone to ring.

For, is the novelty and the fact that the real hard-core of ribbers will come by sea and have a jolly good time as well.
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Going to go in my own rib.

I think its in the wrong place and should have been on the mainland.
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Old 14 November 2003, 12:22   #8
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yes to Rib Ex

I agree with your comments with the venue maybe affecting people going, but if the people that do go are actually interested in ribs maybe it will be OK, anyway I like the RibEx show its usually fun so I have made the decision and have booked the stand!

Re repairs we always give free estimates for repairs so if you have any damaged props bring them with you. A "house of horrors" would certainly be entertaining, as I've seen some real prop problems, but the logistics of taking a "load of scrap" would make this difficult, but maybe I will post some pictures on the site at some time!
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I am interested, if you are going by rib are you going for a quick look or intend on saying longer, this is a leading question I will explain all later. Just mulling an idea over in my mind, might be interesting for you, or might not!
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I am interested, if you are going by rib are you going for a quick look or intend on saying longer, this is a leading question I will explain all later. Just mulling an idea over in my mind, might be interesting for you, or might not!
Are you looking for a taxi service for your customers
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