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Old 07 June 2004, 14:51   #61
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My thoughts for what its worth!!

On entering i thought i was the only one there!! and then not a lot to see or do.
Seemed to be a few boats on the water but nothing that made me think wow. Did seem to be a few missing.
Very funny watching a MOD Police boat trying to reverse a rib into a slot!!

Please don't judge all the Army the same as that display!!!

I am not sure about Cowes, i think, it is not the right place.

Where are Ribtec these days? After producing such a good hull why aren't they selling them?


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Old 07 June 2004, 14:58   #62
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There was a big commercial RIB from Holland (name anyone?)
Was`nt at RIBEX but i guess it was a No Limit RIB

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Old 07 June 2004, 14:59   #63
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I agree about the shoreside stands being a bit thin on the ground,I wanted to buy a new lifejacket for my seven year old son and ended up buying it in Cowes,I did have a good time though,I went out in the RIB rides Humber and on the Solent 6.5 (terrific boat and great driver Kevin),really for a comparison to my current boat.
I was looking forward to seeing over a cabin Rib,(outboard powered) but there didnt seem to be anything there.
I enjoyed watching the Demos and meeting other Ribnetters and I think for us that the Ribnet side of things made the weekend(thanks to Kevin and Daniel).
The treasure hunt was great fun (thanks again Richard and Louise) and we enjoyed the bar-b-que and Alans talk.
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Old 07 June 2004, 15:03   #64
Country: Greece
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Originally Posted by Petrov
Was`nt at RIBEX but i guess it was a No Limit RIB
I really like that 'No Limit Too' look alike RIB from Hermanus.
Next time I'm in South Africa will pay a visit in Hermanus to have a closer look ....... and who knows may be I'll get one too. I need a bigger boat for next year!!!
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Old 07 June 2004, 15:08   #65
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Thanks to all who posted on Friday & Saturday about the show.....I intended to go at some point over the weekend and was looking forward to catching up with Tim G and other Ribnet people. Iv'e recently bought a new boat and really wanted to have a trawl through the on-shore displays, and rib-related chandlers etc. As my first purchase has been an Avon 560, I would have also been oggling the next step up in toy on the seaward side (£££££...I wish)

Anyway, my point is that because of the negative response, I didn't bother and took the kids to the circus (the clowns were not half as good as on the threads here!) so I reiterate my thanks to those who did express an opinion and swayed my decision, whilst also I'm left a little sad that the event that I have been looking forward to for the last 6 months, has received such poor feedback! Has anyone thought about having a splinter event as say, part of the Southampton or London boat show? I'm attending the Seawork conference and exhibition later this month and there is a tag-on Ribwork for thought?

It is good to see that it was not all negative though and I hope to meet up with some of you in the future.

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Old 07 June 2004, 15:12   #66
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I had a great time on the test drives

the best was the k4 plus 6.5 went like the clappers smooth as silk- (saving the pennies now

by far the worst was the falcon (rib-x)7 mtr the only rib i have ever felt in danger on ( and manos I am not having a go)

all IMHO
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Old 07 June 2004, 18:05   #67
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It doesn't sound good. I will definately have a re-check tomorrow. I'll take a friend of mine too who races boats for a living see what he thinks and believe me I will be 100% trouthfull about the situation. But as I said so far I'm happy with it.

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Old 08 June 2004, 04:20   #68
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From the trades view

Hi all

Was really great to meet those of you that I did.

Firstly a huge thank you to Kevin and Peter.
For those of you that don't know I ask Kevin if he could find a couple of seats on the round the island run.
They were for Mark Thredgold and his guide.

Peter offered the space and took the guy's round.
Not only that but let Mark loose at the control's.
He was made up and did not stop talking about it.
Especially as he got to take the bout out of the marina!

Thank you both.

Form our point of veiw, although there were not huge numbers visiting it was a good show.
As they say its not the quantity but the quality!
There were no "tyre kickers" that we spoke to.
People either had a genuine enquiry or were looking to buy.

I agree there needed to be more trade stand, more to buy for you guy's.

The on water display's were great with what they had to play with.

I was very involved with 2 of them, Mark Thredgolds and the Army display.
I hope you all caught Mark's, I think it was well worth watching, just to show what you can do with a disabilty with the right frame of mind and the right people helping.

As for the Army display, we know it had a few floors but was the best we could do with the constraints laid upon us.
We are alway's looking for new idea's so feel free to mail me any.

As someone said it is very easy to pass judgement as a spectator but these kinds of events are a nightmare to setup and run.

I do think that Ribex do need to do something to keep the show alive.
We here have been a huge supporter of the event, this year and before.
There is good competition for this show from others.
It is not good when some of the big names in the industry say they are not showing.

As for Rib's, my fav of those I took out has to be the 6.5m twin 90 Redbay.
was a pleasure to drive.
Of those I went out in it was the one from JBT marine, very fast, very stable.
All IMHO and I am no expert!

Oh and a big thank you to the guy from Suzuki Marine for loosing, from one of the Humber's, my flashing blue light!!! it had stayed on all weekend and was fixed fast so god alone only knows what he did to make it come off!!!!

From my point of view a good weekend.

Jon Brooks VSMM. Marine Mammal Medic, PBI, SRC Assessor,PWC Instructor.
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Old 08 June 2004, 04:48   #69
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The display by Mark was amazing. I was discharged from the military on medical grounds myself, and I think I do okay. But when you see people like Mark it certainly makes you take a second look at yourself.

The Army display was good if you managed to find an upwind position to view from.

Mind you some people got a better view of all the displays than most. I hope he paid for his ticket
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Old 08 June 2004, 04:53   #70
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I think RIBEX was great........

It is very easy to stand there and criticize 'there wasnt enough stands' and 'this is crap , and that is crap' for those people who are shooting it down, Be happy that you had a RIBEX to go to and criticize.........

Everything needs to be improved........

I do believe that RIBNET added a lot to the event...... I chatted to lots of people and I bought a new Icom radio.......

When its on again, I will go , if I can....... As far as Ribs are concerned I think it was better than Southampton, what other exibition can you get out on a rib so easly..... talk directly to the builders.... compare one to another, see the most engines in the one place... try different seats.... go out in a racing rib ... walkaround 'sprit' ..... watch how self righting rib, actualy works ..... look a cutting edge Ribs been built .. and talk to the builders..... get to look at and walk on ribs you will never able to affored... etc ..etc

I say to all of the moaning people.... you should all gather together and do it yourselves...... then the rest of us can go to your first class and perfect Rib show !

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