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  # 151
RIB Round Up - 50th London Boat Show
8th - 18th January 2004
 




RibCraft on Show





Avon
Avons MD Alan Morgan reported that their luxury Seasport range had seen remarkable 'take-up' in 2003. With attention to detail, design style and top performance this range has proved a winning formula. So much so that it's encouraged the launch of their latest and largest Seasport 580 Deluxe at the show.

In addition to its stylish looks, the Seasport 580 De Luxe offers top performance - with a 150 hp outboard, the Seasport 580 can reach speeds of up to 50mph.

Avon is the UK's largest RIB manufacturer and the full range of leisure boats can be viewed from their website.

For more information visit:
www.avonmarine.com

 

The 50th London
International Boat Show

Held, for the first time in the East End of London, in one of the world's latest exhibition centres. The ExCel, located alongside the refurbished Royal Docks and at the end of the Inner City airport is a very impressive set of exhibition halls.

At first I missed the traditional atmosphere of Earls Court and, as I'm sure Charlie Dimmock would, a central water feature. Overall the new facilities are bright and spacious making for better exhibitor displays. I was able to spend a couple of days at the exhibition and found it really took one day to become accustomed to the new layout and to find my bearings and 'sea legs'.

In essence powerboating and electronics were in the same hall making it very easy for RIBsters to find almost everything they needed to buy! Most of the regular RIB Manufacturers were represented but some new boys on the block RibQuest appeared for the first time.



IBS Boats International
IBS Boats and the amiable Graham & Keith always put on an impressive stand at all the boat shows I've visited. With the larger space available at ExCel they made good use of it to show off most of their models.

Valiant and Quicksilver RIBs & SIBs were on display, with something to suit all pockets and expectations. For 2004, IBS are focussing on the medium size, up to 6.5m, RIB market. They have some great package deals which are essential to check out.

For more information visit:
http://www.ibs-boats.com

 

RibCraft
Ribcraft, have worked exceptionally hard to establish themselves as a strong force in both the leisure and commercial quality custom made boats.

Six RIBs were on display including their new 4.0m and the very popular 4.8m and the 5.85m models. A 6.5m and 7.5m completed the display. Jason Purvey, sales director, was pleased that the new venue has resulted in more enquiries at their stand and proved to be better for business. He only managed one visit to the Guinness Stand during the whole show!

Also on display were their own branded boat cleaning products for easing that bit of 'elbow grease' needed to keep your RIB in pristine condition. These products are available by mail order or by visiting their new Somerset factory and adjacent RIB Chandlers Shop in Yeovil.

For more information visit: www.ribcraft.co.uk


Suzuki
On offer at the Suzuki stand were the technically advanced V6 4-stroke DF250 together with its 200hp and 225hp stable mates. The display was headed by the three new V6's making their first appearance together in the UK.

The launch prices of £10,899 (DF200), £11,699 (DF225) and £12,699 (DF250) was for the duration of the show which brought the advantages of these sophisticated 4-strokes to power boat enthusiasts at prices which compare favourably with direct fuel injected 2-strokes.

Suzuki also displayed the Suzuki powered range of Suzumar inflatables and RIBs, which all seemed to be offering outstanding value for money.

For more information visit:
www.suzukimarine.co.uk