I was reading the worst ever issue of RIB International in the bog this morning and came across the "good news" News item that tells of the move of RIBEX. I decided to email the show contact, Steve Harvey, and find out a bit more. Thought you might like to see what I said. I'll post the reply, if and when I get it....
I read the news item on page 72 of this month's RIB International that tells of the move of RIBEX from Ocean Village to Gunwharf Quays in 2003. The article paints a very rosey picture of the benefits to the visitor and to the industry of this move but I am, I have to say, confused.
If I am right in what I understand the situation to be, the show will be absolutely of no interest to me - or to anyone else who already has a RIB and does not plan to buy another in the near future.
I say this because it appears to me that there are to be no shoreside exhibits at all. Is this the case or is it not?
The reason that shoreside exhibits are important to me, and those like me, is that they offer us the chance to look at all aspects of ribbing - other than buying a new boat.
I have only had my RIB for a year but in that time, thanks to my visit to RIBEX last year, after comparing what was on offer from the exhibitors, amongst other things achieved on the day, I bought a new engine, a set of excellent flat fenders that I have not seen anywhere else and talked with a propellor repair company in depth about props.
Will I still be able to do things like this? And, if so, how will it work if all the exhibitors are to be afloat?
I would appreciate a timely reply so that I can let other users of RIBnet Forum know the answer without too much delay. I know many others share my concerns.
I look forward to your reply.