Seems not many peeps are going - someone here posted that attendance was 40% down, and several have said it was empty even on Saturday.! I had serious doubts that many would bother with the hassle of getting to Excel, and it seems to be the case.
Clive , I was a good girl and went and chatted up.....oopps..... chatted to Phil Cool and his Friend /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif Rob. Is that 5 boats you have available now to use or 6 can't remember? Any way they looked relaxed and happy until I arrived, did not look back so can not comment on effect after I left though /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
was dissapointed with the Riva, looked like a very normal grp sports boat with a layer of teak layed over the top, nothing special. Loved the nordhavn 57 amazing little ship. and most of the rest was so so or seen before.
but did really enjoy the show and dont find it a hassle to get there, only really busy bit on Sat was the wakeboard/ chandlery hall.
I went on Preview day and the Show definitely felt less busy than last year. For one thing there didnt seem to be as many boats there as last year (no Ferrettis to drool over for a start) and I dont recall there being any new boats at Excel that were'nt at Soton. There was only 1 IPS equipped boat (Rodman 41) which surprised me as well. For me, the highlight was IPS but I didnt learn anything I could'nt find out from the MBY article
I was one who felt that the move to Excel was a bad idea but I was surprised that last year's show was such a success. Maybe, some peeps found out last year how difficult Excel is to get to by car or public transport and did'nt bother to go this year? Its a good venue just in the wrong place. IMHO, the NEC is the best place for what is supposed to be our national Boat Show
If Lazy is a new word for retired then so be it. Actually worked me socks of in 2004, so did Phil mind you. .........However next LBS I will definately be manning the stand, and look forward to meeting all the good folks I've met from the forum.
Hang on could look at SIBS I suppose. at least the blighty weather should'nt be freezing in September.
What about the the new V70 and Pred 72- these were not at S'hampton.
For me driving past Earls Court at 0845 on Sat morning en route to ExCel was a pisser...... Although I was surprised 35mins door to door and 45mins for the return. Much quicker and nicer than using pubic trans.
Earls court was nice as the bits and pieces were upstairs where you could lokk down on the show but was always crowded and hot. ExCel of the other hand has tons of space was quiet on both days I attended and does have the live watersports bit which I still have not been anywhere near because of the 'rabble' that always seemed to be heading that way!
Popped over to say hello to Phil on Sunday (couldent find him Wed) Sunday was quite busy & I bought loads of fishing lures & good quality rod holders at a very good price (last day is always best for bargains on the stalls) Looking at the range of boats that are in my budget I think the Jeannau 32 fly is a lot of boat for the money, also the new Bayliner 325 sports cruiser, loads of deck space, aft cabin is a bit tight but still a 35'boat with twin diesels for 115K Had a quick look on some of the bigger stuff but need to win the lottery to consider one of those,Found all sorts of faults on the sealines ill fitting panels ect and the Cranchi stand beggered belief
From 56k to 400k with nothing in between. What happened to the mid range?
In all I enjoyed both days, but I thought £6.50 I was charged for 2 bottles of carlsberg was a piss take.............Nat
Did call in and see Phil on Friday as did the boys on Sunday. He's still looking very relaxed!
Having just bought a boat anyway, all I did was try and confirm that I had made the right choice.
Excel definitely on the "wrong" side on London. Coming from Stratford on Avon I'm probably biased anyway. Access wasn't a problem on Friday (had to go by car as SWMBO had just had operation on her leg) - don't know what it would be like on weekends - but still just that bit too far. Much prefer boats on the water.