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Old 06 June 2005, 14:48   #31
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...missed Andy Clarke. He was fantastic a very witty commentator who knew just how to run the show.
Before my time, I'm afraid, but Andy's reputation precedes him
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Old 06 June 2005, 14:55   #32
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I think I tend to agree with Bruce. The show was great for those wanting to buy a RIB and try out a load of different boats (I guess this is the main purpose of the show), but there isn't really anything there to accomodate current owners. It would have been great to have loads of stands from suppliers offering show deals on spangly kit...just like soton show but without all the stands that a ribber is not interested in.

Having said that I did have a good day as we all like to check out other RIBs and dream about what we might have one day....

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Old 06 June 2005, 15:56   #33
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My own experience

Hi All,

This was my first show, working with an exhibitor (Ocean Ribs).

However, I did learn a lot over the last three days.

1. How much the market has developed over the last couple of years with craft design, engine development and also customer expectations. Cookee & Kitten, I loved your new boat "Sevety Seven" good luck with it.

2. The Pascoe craft were in a differnet league! but what would they be like in in a big sea in the channel or the Irish Sea? Although the 'eye candy' had to run for cover with ensueing rain. Interresting in stilleto's on a floating dock

3. The Weather will always play a part for attendance figures. As I understand about 9000 people went through the gates last year. I wonder what the true figures will be for this year?

4. Hugo will never make a good compare, leave it to the pro's.
But he did try.

5. Of those visitng the show how many were serious buyers or just there to demo boats because they were on holiday?

6. Displays both on and off the water were lacking, but as i understand it the Leader of the Army Display Team has now retired and enjoying his new venture in civvy street, so no display team
The lifeboat crews did a sterling job of trying to keep the crowds entertained. Well done lads.

Maybe Ribex should think of turning this into a Bi-Annuall event!

All in all a good w/end was had by myself and of those who i met with said the same.

See you all next year!!!!
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For what its worth,

I went to the show. Got what I wanted out of it, some test drives on different RIBS.

But maybe it would have attracted more casual visitors, and therefore more revenue, if it had been somewhere on the mainland side of the Solent.

I went by Car, Hovercraft, Taxi, Chainlink Ferry and Shanks Pony. Bit of a trek and I was only going from Hayling Island. We went as quite a large group and found that we couldn't get our car on the Portsmouth to Ryde ferry. Don't know if any one else had the same problems.

We should have taken our boats, I know...........
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we couldn't get our car on the Portsmouth to Ryde ferry. Don't know if any one else had the same problems.
Quite possibly, it's a foot-passenger only ferry!
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Good Show ... if a little short!

I went to the Show on Friday and again yesterday.

I am in the market for an 8 metre RIB for next season.

Those exhibitors in whose boats I was interested were generally friendly and very helpful. This must have been difficult to keep up over the last couple of days, given the weather conditions. Well done!

I had a sea trial on 3 boats, but for various reasons, I am afraid that none of them meet all of my requirements.

It was good to catch up with Richard & Louise and to meet some of the other RIBnetters who post on this board.

A special "thank you" goes to Mark Pascoe, who kindly allowed Shirley and I to shelter in the Pascoe tent, during Friday's downpour!

Cheers!

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I had a sea trial on 3 boats, but for various reasons, I am afraid that none of them meet all of my requirements.
Don't leave us in suspense like that! What are your requirements, and where did they fall short? Go on, spill the beans!

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the wether, well hugo is not god .
I think he's argue with you about that RIVA. .......anyway I am glad you all mostly had a good time.
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.... but for various reasons, I am afraid that none of them meet all of my requirements.
Chris, will anything, ever?
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we couldn't get our car on the Portsmouth to Ryde ferry. Don't know if any one else had the same problems.

Quite possibly, it's a foot-passenger only ferry!


Well I wasn't in charge of that bit. I got kicked out in the car park with a hangover to go and book a car across to the IOW. I thought it was to Ryde. I know it wasn't to Cowes. And it was the drivers problem once we got to the IOW.

So where does it go then.

Anyway it was a 'Jolly's Boy Outing' , and I think it turned out all the better for the lack of any sort of organisation.

Maybe thats why I think it should be on the mainland. It would be simple to get to then......
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