On Saturday, I took my RIB to Southampton for the journey across the Solent to Cowes.
After leaving my vehicle & trailer with Stu Hopkins (Thanks
) we procceded off to Cowes.
The weather was great, the water flat'ish', & the boat working fine... so ambled across at 25 + knots.
On arrival at Cowes we were told where to moor up & found we had just missed the treasure hunt (
). Still had to unpack anyway..
Had a very quick look at the show but thought it was quite small (the only other boat show I've been to is the LDS!) & anyway wasn't really interested in all the junk that gets sold at this type of event & wasn't looking to buy another RIB either.
We all went out for another spin & had fun for about 40 mins playing with the sportboats & watching all the RIBs on test rides. When landing this time I found I had a puncture
on the rear port cone & this was letting a fair amount of air out.
Solution: Tie up (tightly) to the biggest boat nearby (thanks Top Banana
) & go and inspect all the boats/RIB's in the visitor boat park. What a range of boats there was to see.
Chatted to all around (even the old people on P********) & generally had a good time meeting the crowd that make up part of RIBNET.
This was what I went to RIBEX for. To meet the people who make up RIBNET, not to buy more junk for the boat or to get test rides on £50,000 RIB's that I'm really not interested in nor can afford.
So in conclusion I enjoyed my trip to Cowes