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    Posted: 19 Sep 06 at 5:07pm

Who's been to the Southampton boat show?

Is it worth a visit for rubbernecking and shopping for bits or just full of huge ships with keels and motors we couldn't afford if we wanted them?

I can get in for cheap but it's an expensive 6 hr round trip by train!

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I went today - as a dinghy sailor I was really disappointed (I was actually on a mission to buy 3 trapeze harnesses and came away with none), just too much focus on larger boats and its really not as friendly as it used to be (with the exception of the RYA stand, Calshot and sail wales where the people I spoke to were great). Having been every year for the last 5 of so I won't be going again for a long time (although I think I said that last year - and this year was worse).

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Not been for a long time but it was always disappointing the dinghy stuff can't be rigged up since it is all outside.

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yeah it was a bit yachtie this year;  even the rooster stand was much smaller. On the plus side I have a new radial sail

oh and there was good pen blagging oportunities

also ZOMG new plastic fantastic laser boat



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Hmmm i managed to go to the show and completely miss the new laser boat... Thats how interesting it was!

I did however win the pit stop challenge on the honda stand and get my free Jenson Button clothing range so its all good!
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it looks a lot like a cross between an RS vision and an omega
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yeah its a slightly strange looking boat, I was a very very yachty event. Though I was impressed at the two tallships through the show.

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Did anyone manage to get a picture of it? (the new laser thing)
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i went on friday evening, it was ok to start with but it got so boring, theres only gin palaces and motor sailors once you get over a couple of bridges. i missed the new laser boat but my sister and i managed to find the one stand at the show that sold trapeze harnesses, Andark.

Hugo Boss and that end of the pontoon was the most interesting bit i think.

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