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Old 02 September 2013, 19:26   #1
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Southampton Boat Show 2013 - worth it?

Hello folks

Have found out a client may well want me down in Dorset for a day, the week of the Southampton Boat Show, and so I was toying with going for the first time, with being pretty much in the area anyway.

But - honestly - what do you folks think as RIBbers (rather than folks with oodles of cash for fancy yachts etc)?!

Is it worth it? Is a day out on the RIB more attractive?

Best bits?

Worst bits?

And who else is planning to go?

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Old 02 September 2013, 20:39   #2
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I am on holiday in the area and intend to go the first friday. Not specially going down to go but since I am in the area and apparently she has tesco vouchers that cover the cost of the tickets, why not?
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Old 03 September 2013, 03:19   #3
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Its a big show, I usually go along on one of the days but I reckon 2 or 3 hours can get it done so to speak. Lots and lots of boats including lots of Ribs, some in doors, some outside and some on the water. worth going along if you haven't seen it, lots of chandlery stores also present.
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Late entry tickets are 10 on the gate for access 3:30-6:30pm if thats enough time to do the lot.
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Thanks for these suggestions folks - very helpful.

Like some other shows, does it tend to be quieter / less crowded during the week compared to the weekend?

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Mrs Erin and I will be there midweek. If you haven't been before it is certainly worth a visit, if nothing more than just to see the impressive displays of big boats totally out of your budget! It is also a good chance to see the latest products and equipment in the flesh and get ideas of what's available these days. Especially when you come from a place where there is a limited number of chandleries and most of your viewing is done on the web.
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Hi Erin - thanks for that. For sure I thought it worth it for a browse if there were things of relevance to me and my budget! I did go to the London Boat show two years ago when first starting out, and found that useful, albeit rather smaller that I'd expected.

For sure when we have a decent chandlers here and two decent ones in Inverness, but having a wider browse could be good (I guess like with you?) and worth the journey, given that it's nearer to get to the edge of Iceland from here than it is Southampton!

And if a client is paying the travel then... :o)

Do RIBnetters do any sort of meet up?

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Go there with a purpose to buy something you want, having done your research etc. Knowing the price you can get it for and then asking retailers at boat show to do a better deal + the cost of getting in. Money saved can then be well spent in the Guinness tent and a bacon roll.
It's a good day out, worth the effort.
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Go in the week. Much quieter than weekends and you can walk round with out getting stuck behind people dragging kids around who've gone for a day out and have no real interest in boats other than just getting in your way and stopping you looking at them!!

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Go in the week. Much quieter than weekends and you can walk round with out getting stuck behind people dragging kids around who've gone for a day out and have no real interest in boats other than just getting in your way and stopping you looking at them!!

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As I suspected - thanks!
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