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Old 22 October 2002, 13:09   #1
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Ribex 2003

Forum members might be interested in a letter that has just been received from RIB Exhibitions concerning Ribex.

The show is to move to Gunwharf Quay in Portsmouth, but the bad news is that there will only be an "On the Water" side to the show for 2003. The letter explains that due to costs there will be no hard standing available for Exhibitors, which will exclude all the companies that offer support services to the industry including engine manufacturers and the like. A lot of companies who have not only supported the show right from the early days and who do not have boats on the water, will be upset by this decision, and visitors may feel that they are not getting good value for money.

It seems odd that there is no place anywhere along our large coastline that could provide facilities suitable for what is a fairly small and compact exhibition!

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Old 22 October 2002, 13:30   #2
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Oh no, I think another thread is about to develop
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Old 22 October 2002, 13:39   #3
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They have really lost the plot this time. Funnily enough the renewal notice for RI has just arrived in the mail. I am using the back of it to design a home made console. Probably end up covered in resin,
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Why don't they just go back to Weymouth - it was far better there anyway?
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As a Portsmouth born and breed person and very proud of our new development and its overall concept, I would suggest that RIBEX is only going there for one of two reasons.

1/ They are being paid to go there and hope to rip the public off by charging them to walk down a public gang plank

or

2/ They do not have to pay to be there and will still rip the public off for walking down the public gang plank!
Either way Hugo has definatly shown his colours this time by saying bollocks to the trade who have supported him from the start!
Chris, dont be upset, we are still promoting your product where ever we go. Perhaps now is the time for a take over bid?

I have a plan
How about RIBNET hold a rib show that is free to everyone who wants to come along? Lets say new boats on the water,dealers on the land and a second hand boat market, coupled with a good knees up and get together on the Saturday night.
Location? There better places than Portsmouth to hold it.
Brighton? Weymouth? Poole? or Cardiff has everything that is required and I know they would love to have us.
Let me have your thoughts, I am sure that between us we could put it together. Keith, are you up for it?
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How about RIBNET hold a rib show that is free to everyone who wants to come along? Lets say new boats on the water,dealers on the land and a second hand boat market, coupled with a good knees up and get together on the Saturday night
Ribnet mass meeting?

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I've just had a look who's logged on. If the Devil should cast his net.....

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Old 22 October 2002, 17:10   #8
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I agree with Alan P, freebie show on the IoW only accessible by boat!

Alternatively:
I am in a local motorcycle club and it's amazing the effect we have upon entering a pub or other such establishment, people leave/go quiet/ move somewhere else etc. Surely between those that use this forum and associates we could simulate this phenomena in a harbour using ribs? (Not forgetting Keith in his sib of course and possibly a couple of sportsboats!)
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Sounds good...

I went to RIBEX this year and found the land-based stuff more useful than gorping at the nice new flash boats. Don't think i'd bother if it is water only. I've nothing against HMS BUT that is a very silly move.

RIBNET show / event whatever...beer ...boats ...women... I'll be there, and could prob. get a stand out of my local marine dealer (Yam and Merc. dealer)

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