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Old 21 January 2011, 03:49   #11
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On the other hand, I think 4 or 5 years ago, the show closed early because it hadn't stopped raining the whole time, and I can still remember Nauti buoy's miserable soaking wet image, having been sat on his boat in a waterproof coat for 3 days waiting to take non-existant punters out on demo runs.

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Old 21 January 2011, 04:09   #12
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i went last year, well i went to check on my house really, walking through the town i finished up with a load of free pass's, so i had a look, to be honest, every year there are some nice boats but there is nothing new, the last good looking new rib i looked at was the pascoe, my opinion.
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We are in a bit of a dilemma over this one; we have exhibited at Ribex for 6 years now. I like think as we are one of the few companies that will take cash at the show rather then potential orders we get a pretty good idea of quality visitor numbers. Last year was the worst of all 6 it was even worse than the washout! I really think trying to include a music festival doesnít help. I donít know what other opinions were on last year it would be good to hear.
Another question to other exhibitors would be IOW what are your genuine thoughts on the location? For us taking stock etc over on the ferry it works out more expensive to do Ribex for 3 days than it would cost to do Southampton for 10.
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Old 21 January 2011, 04:30   #14
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We are in a bit of a dilemma over this one; we have exhibited at Ribex for 6 years now. I like think as we are one of the few companies that will take cash at the show rather then potential orders we get a pretty good idea of quality visitor numbers. Last year was the worst of all 6 it was even worse than the washout! I really think trying to include a music festival doesnít help. I donít know what other opinions were on last year it would be good to hear.
Another question to other exhibitors would be IOW what are your genuine thoughts on the location? For us taking stock etc over on the ferry it works out more expensive to do Ribex for 3 days than it would cost to do Southampton for 10.
the location is wrong, think back to weymouth when we were both at ribtec, now that was a good venue, i didn't mind ocean village, good transport services for everybody, and the girls can do retail therapy in the shops.
on a personal note have you any hypalon glue handy, i reckon i'm going to run out over the weekend
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Old 21 January 2011, 04:37   #15
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on a personal note have you any hypalon glue handy, i reckon i'm going to run out over the weekend
Plenty 250ml 1lt and 5lts
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It's probably better if you attend the evenings entertainment as well but I just go for a quick look as im reasonably local
I didn't stay for "RIBfest" last year but from what I hear it wasn't exactly a runaway success. I was a bit surprised to see that they're doing it again to be honest.

This year's headline acts are The Hamsters and Doctor Feelgood, with special guest acts including Swans In Flight and Mr So & So - featuring Steve Rothery of Marillion. I expect that Rogue Wave might like it!
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On the other hand, I think 4 or 5 years ago, the show closed early because it hadn't stopped raining the whole time, and I can still remember Nauti buoy's miserable soaking wet image, having been sat on his boat in a waterproof coat for 3 days waiting to take non-existant punters out on demo runs.

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Oh I remember that one well, I don't think we will be there this year either. Personally I think they should combine it with Sports Boat and Rib show. As an exhibitor there are only so many shows you can afford to do and with each show ranging from £4k - £15k to exhibit at it really stacks up!
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I worked there in 2008 and don't see how it justified the cost to exhibit and I totally see Kieron's point regarding transporting stock etc. 2008 was a scorcher (weather-wise) but despite that I only did 2 demos and didn't take any orders. I am pretty sure we didn't gain any business at all from it. Last year I took the wife and kids and did the entire thing in half hour. If it hadn't been for the demo I had on a solent 6.5 and the great pub lunch then it would definitely have been a wasted trip...

Compare that to the SB&R show at ocean village and it's a bit of a no brainer. About the same amount of content but fewer logistics problems and plenty of parking....
You get the picture.
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I worked there in 2008 and don't see how it justified the cost to exhibit and I totally see Kieron's point regarding transporting stock etc. 2008 was a scorcher (weather-wise) but despite that I only did 2 demos and didn't take any orders. I am pretty sure we didn't gain any business at all from it. Last year I took the wife and kids and did the entire thing in half hour. If it hadn't been for the demo I had on a solent 6.5 and the great pub lunch then it would definitely have been a wasted trip...

Compare that to the SB&R show at ocean village and it's a bit of a no brainer. About the same amount of content but fewer logistics problems and plenty of parking....
You get the picture.

plus you see a lot of lovely old boats with even older drivers
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From a purely punters view point.

If the weather is nice we can make a family day out of it as a nice ride out in the RIB, with something different to go and see at the destination. We always bump into lots of Ribnetters though, so the social element is there as well.
The RIBs on show are always the same, and anything new is normally so crowded that as a family we canít get near it.

If the weather is bad itís 50/50 if itís worth going, but we do don drysuits and helmets and brave it just like other trips out. Iím sure plenty stay at home.

If it was this side of the water we would still go, but we do like being able to arrive by RIB.
It wouldnít be so special though.
I can however see the cost implications from the traders point of view.

One real downside is the size of the pontoons and the feeling that as a family many of the traders with boats for demos make you feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome. Present company excepted of course, but thatís because we can walk up and say hello because we already know you.

Because the pontoons are so narrow, in many places you canít simply walk up alongside a Rib to have a look without trying to get around all the other people, and without being stared at by the salesman who you can see thinking ďNot another family of dreamers wasting my timeĒ.

Oh and we never eat at the show because of the expense, we go into Cowes and get something instead.

I think what sums it up is that despite the weather being reasonable last year we didnít go, partly because we had other things we could do that wouldnít be exactly the same next year.

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