Golly it's hard work with you isn't it?!
I have a whole list of boats I'd like to see - I checked out the Ribex site and there were no exhibitors listed when I checked. I didn't see your post beforehand. So I kind of thought the manufacturers might be a little more communicative at the event, apart from Ribeye, they weren't.
I'm different to you, when I buy toys, I'm not in the habit of phoning manufacturers to make appointments. If I see it and like it, I buy it. It's probably why I have lots of toys.