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Old 23 November 2011, 16:20   #41
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I'm confused...multiple threads on this subject plus I'm not an expert on boating mags...there seems to be one for every topic from coracles to Fleetwood trawlers...so is this the Rib Magazine as in Hugo Montgomery what's-his-face? And, if so, what happens to my subscription? Does it carryon now as a subscription to the new magazine?
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As I believe its the same magazine, ie RIB Magazine, however with a dedicated section to the powerboat market, hence the rebrand.

I know it is their wish to keep their RIB heritage so the magazine will be focused on RIBs however still be able to cater for the other markets.

Subscriptions etc will continue the same, you will just recieve the magazine in its new format.

I have to confess I stupidly didnt look at the other threads before posting, just copy and pasted the email I got from the office.

If you have specific questions I suggest that you contact the RIB office, I am sure they will be happy to help, as for myself I do not know all the ins and outs as it were.
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Does it carryon now as a subscription to the new magazine?
yus - moar "carrie onn rybbin"
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I do not know all the ins and outs as it were.
ann less "howkay kowkay"
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Tom...Thanks for the quick response. You answered my questions

Wilk...nice to see that Ribnet continues to fulfill the 'Private Eye' sector of the boating magazine market :-)
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Bloody slow down will you. I'm editing my bloody previous post on my bloody iPhone for your bloody benefit. My bloody thumb has got bloody repetitive strain bloody syndrome :-)
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I'm slightly surprised that on the one hand OHM/Rib Mag claims to be going from strength to strength and on the other they have decided to dilute the brand by moving into the wider "powerboat space" at a time when other leading publishers have just exited from it. It seems more like poorly thought out opportunism than a cohesive long term strategy?

Still I'm sure HMS knows what he's doing, the mag has had various names (Small Boat & Rib; Rib International, Rib magazine) over the years and people still seem to buy it even though there is an annual "Rib mag" is rubbish thread on here.
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Well its just all go go go on the Rag front, just got this from Boat Trader:

"Boat Trader are proud to announce that we are launching a bigger and better RIB section starting in our January Bumper Boatshow issue!

This section will contain all things RIB - Top manufacturers, Outboards, Commercial and Leisure RIBs to suit all tastes and budgets."
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Hi

Has anyone had seen a new edition of the magazine? I heard it was going to be out before the start of the boat show but I've not seen anything.

Want to reserve judgment on the changes till I get a copy. But looking at whats on the cover, I've seen on there web site my hopes aren't high.

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It's out now. I picked a copy up from the petrol station last week.
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not managed to get a copy yet.Whats the general opinion of it now its in circulation-allegedly somwhere
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not managed to get a copy yet.Whats the general opinion of it now its in circulation-allegedly somwhere
I am undecided!

All IMHO:

What has improved
  • Graphic design is better in new version
  • Content is not bad by RIB mag standards - with some reasonably long articles and a good mix. Not read it all so no idea if there is any substance or all regurgitating marketing from the companies!
  • More adverts, from a wider variety of companies (I consider this a positive as it is essential for the viability of the mag)
  • Whole mag seemed to have more content
  • SOME interesting stuff on non rib content

What is worse/doesn't make sense
  • They made this decision almost as soon as SB&R announced it was stopping publishing - yet have very quickly turned themselves into something close to SB&R! I've always preferred RI/RIBmag to SB&R (Sports boats always seem a bit "fair weather" to me (which whilst fitting with the reality of my boating, conflicts with what I aspire to do!)).
  • I'm amazed they've managed to pull this together with so much non rib content in such short time, or was it in the pipeline anyway and SB&Rs demise is just fortuitious/coincidental.
  • If SB&R couldn't survive in this "space" why will HMS et al manage?
  • I think the "landrover" end of the RIB market (whether commercial, or enthusiast who prefers function to form) is quite a distinct market from the sports boat sector. Perhaps RIBEX will become even more the sexy end of the business and Seawork will dominate the rough and tough end?
  • With a wider audience, more advertisers and more content to talk about I'd have thought they might be able to go monthly.
  • Is that really the best self portrait picture HMS could find for people opening the mag for the first time?

All in all I am pleasantly surprised - although I did have to hunt the shelves to find it as tucked away at the back and having changed its "style" it wasn't immediately obvious as RIB mag.
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Well someones put viagra in the softboat section thats for sure .. mine came last week .. lay for a few days, then a opened it and thought omg .. thats definately the end of RI then ! .. still havent read it .. cant be bothered flicking through all the hard stuff .. one article caught my eye about the west coast though .. needs a cold guinness and a Sunday afternoon I think for best appraisal
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I like the magazine and as we also make hardboats I may one day decide to put in an advert covering the whole Parker range.

HMS is a ribster throughout and I was suprised he did not name the magazine
RIB & POWERBOAT MAGAZINE. I did email him at the time but no response to my question.
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Well someones put viagra in the softboat section thats for sure .. mine came last week .. lay for a few days, then a opened it and thought omg .. thats definately the end of RI then !
I guess they have to show they are serious to the ad market rather than just being ribs with occassional hardboats.
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Old mag Dec/Jan 2012
84 pages inc covers
24 pages of adverts
60 pages of content
4 rib reviews + tender review
7 "rib" features

New mag Feb/Mar 2012
116 pages inc covers
30 pages of adverts
80 pages of content (21 pages hardboat)
4 rib reviews + engine review
9 features which would have been "fine" in the old mag

In addition you get a hard boat review (actually quite an interesting one), a review of the hardboat market at the "sensible" priced end, and a couple of other articles which were more SB&R territory than RI.

At a glance it looks quite different - but when you compare old and new - the new stuff is "extra".
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I have to respect you for that Polwart ! You're a true bean counter ! I hope you and the missus dont come to blows over your tea bag drying and weekly rotation obsession !
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