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Old 06 June 2005, 05:16   #21
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I went to the Rib and Sportsboat show a couple months back in Southampton, but enjoyed this show much better. There were certainly more ribs on show at Ribex, with of course the ability to try a few out. It certainly gave me ideas on what rib I would like next, what seating arrangements I would like etc etc.. I thought it was well worth going to.
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Old 06 June 2005, 05:44   #22
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I was at the show for the 3 days. Humber asked me to put my RIB on their display which was good as it gave me a mooring at the show and they cleaned it for me.

I also visited the Southampton Sports Boat and RIB show. Ribex was far better and more friendly.

The welcome on the Pontoons was great and the access to the boats was very free and easy and demos.available to anybody who asked.

The rain was a pain but we are all involved in boating where we often get wet.

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Old 06 June 2005, 06:06   #23
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good show

we had a very good show its our first ribex, and found it good value for money. compared with other shows ( london, southampton ,miami , genevor )

its not always quantity of people but quality from my point of view .

and with one boat going on the back of a customers car this morning and two deposits taken i can only praise ribex

the wether, well hugo is not god . and serious buyers will not be put of by a bit of rain

we asked to book for next year on saturday afternoon.

so fairplay to ribex for trying and if anyone else wants to do a better show, put up the money and take your chances we would exibit
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Old 06 June 2005, 06:21   #24
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its not always quantity of people but quality from my point of view .
and with one boat going on the back of a customers car this morning and two deposits taken i can only praise ribex

the wether, well hugo is not god . and serious buyers will not be put of by a bit of rain

so fairplay to ribex for trying and if anyone else wants to do a better show, put up the money and take your chances we would exibit
Well said that man!
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Old 06 June 2005, 06:31   #25
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its not always quantity of people but quality from my point of view .
This can be and is said of every show.
1 serious buyer is worth 10 "tyre kickers"

My point was that this is trying to be a show for everyone not just the serious Rib user/owner.
Last year there were on water display's a plenty, this year hardly any.
These helped, IMHO, to break the tedium for the wife and kids if they are not that keen on ribs!

I agree with the point of making the hard standing smaller.
It gave the show a busy feel, which is good.
There were lots of wide open spaces last year.

I am sorry you had a raw deal JK, you should have come and found me in the hotel bar!!

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Old 06 June 2005, 06:34   #26
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I actually was a little bored. My son (15) loved the opportunity to go out in a zapcat (or was it a thunder cat - I get confused) and 70mph in BananaShark.

I enjoyed a blast with Andre in the 750 Parker, although the lack of engine noise (except prop noise when the prop was out of the water) and hence lack of aural feedback to the passenger in the second row as to what was going to happen in the immediate future, coupled with, I suspect, a slightly smoother ride with a tad less certainty as when and how the bumps - when they came - were going to arrive, made it a slightly less 'certain', 'predictable' ride than my 6.5M Solent.

Otherwise - the reality is that I am not in the market for a new Rib in the next 18 moths, by which time technology will have progressed - I do not need any magic cleaning compound - and I don't want any clothes.

What I do want was not there - aftermarket advice and bits:

* bilge pumps that work, with their advice on installation
* large cosmetically acceptable velcro type pads to secure a flying bow cushion
* stainless steel fire extinguishers

all at a discount!

What was there was a chance to chat to some great ribsters!

I had a slightly dull chat with Hugo who did not seem greatly interested in my collection National Press contacts - strange for the editor of a far from mainstream magazine.....

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Old 06 June 2005, 06:53   #27
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Does any of the Ribnet community plan on attending the Seawork/Divework/Ribwork 2005 show? It looks interseting but more aligned to comercial users.

I had considered a trip to Ribex but from here it's a bit of trek being as I didnt need too many bits and bobs. Did also wonder about getting myself a Ribnet polo shirt and having my user name embroidered on, if I bumped into any of you including HMS you'd know who I was.

Cokee, did you consider a bespoke embroidery option?
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I am working at Seawork.
Will be there all three days.

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Well I had a great time at RIBex. It was brilliant to meet so many old friends and also to puts faces to names I knew through RIBnet, BIBOA and on book covers!

I thought the show was more interesting than last year with more to see on the hard and more boats on the pontoons. As Jon Brooks said, it would have been nice to have one or two more waterborne displays such as Mark Threadgold's driving demo.

We were pretty busy on the BIBOA stand, especially on Saturday, and I'm looking forward to next year's show already! See you all again in 2006 (if not before)!
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As an exhibitor must say the weather spoilt the show. Anyway it was great to see so many fellow members and hopefully most had managed to get a ride on the PARKER 750RS
It was nice to have SOLENT RIBS as neighbours, Lee, Tim and sorry but just can't remember your other chaps name, but it was great to meet you all . I really enjoyed our conversations . Perhaps we will meet up again and have a beer or two

I left at 5 with Wiesia and Ken and headed off for Littlehampton via the Owers. The weather was not that bad as I had expected. Only around the Owers a bit bumpy but that was nothing for a 750 mtr rib and a 225 Verado. With the following seas we made it to LA for 6:30 and had to wait about 30 minutes for the tide before we could enter LA

A good show but must say have missed Andy Clarke. He was fantastic a very witty commentator who knew just how to run the show. Steve , Hugo as much as you try you just cannot replace him
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