Had a good day at RIBEX today. I ended up going over on the Red Jet in the end, but made up for it by getting wet later on! Ten quid for the return ferry and show ticket seems very reasonable to me.
Good to meet up with some old friends and put some new faces to names. Louise was doing stalwart work on the BIBOA stand, drumming up interest by giving free samples of the latest RIBlines magazine (it's a rather good read actually -- really enjoyed Bruce's article!).
There was a really good range of boats on show, with plenty of choice for anyone wanting to have a demo. I tried the new Arctic Blue 27 (stepped hull, good ride, very well finished), the Parker 700 with a Verado 225 (really good ride but could do with some bow ballast -- made me grin a lot!), the RIB-X 640 (nothing like as bad as some people would have you believe), and the Ribcraft 585 (lovely ride, feels like a much bigger boat).
The stars of the show were undoubtedly the Pascoe superyacht tenders though. Two 10 metre RIBS, one open, one with a cabin -- both destined to be tenders for the same boat! Beautiful to look at, superbly made with fanatical attention to detail. Also ludicrously expensive. I've put some pictures in the gallery
After such a good say it was a bit disappointing to have my after-show drink with some of the exhibitors curtailed when I was asked to leave. Hugo Montgomery Swan took me to one side and explained in no uncertain terms that I wasn't welcome. But hey, it's his party and he calls the shots. You'll always be welcome on RIBnet Hugo!