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    Posted: 13 Sep 08 at 10:14pm
Went to the boat show, drove down by car from West London so straight down the M3. Turned off to join the Park and Ride, no signs. Yep there was NO PARK AND RIDE.

Anyway after paying for parking in Southampton town centre (approx 10) then entered the boat show to see the normal array of stands in their usual places.

Was a good day, sun was out, it didn't rain so wasn't that bad. Crossed off everything OH had been asked to look at by her boss looking at the RS, Laser and Topper range and picked up a few BS bargins.

All in all if you have never been then its worth a look around but otherwise its the usual stands with new products etc.
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Thanks for the update Richard - we were thinking of going next week...but don't think we'll bother.  Probably go to the Earls Court one at Christmas instead...to pick up some pressies 
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my housemate went yesterday said it was the same old stuff. was shocked at the alto costing 9 grand. from the water it doesnt look to busy apart from today we had loads of gin palaces flying past us giving us good waves to jump

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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 08 at 9:34pm
Originally posted by olly_love

was shocked at the alto costing 9 grand.


Hmm gone up a bit since the dinghy show, well never mind, we don't want
just any old rif raf owning them.

Did you notice any changes, have they built it with a bridge over the pole?

How about the spinnaker chute?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote olly_love Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 08 at 9:36pm
no idea my housemate just brought the brocher home. seems a massive rip off and will be interesting to see if a propper 505 can go past it with the monster kite
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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 08 at 9:47pm
Well it's hardly a rip off when you consider how much a 'proper' 505 with a
monster kite would cost, oh and failed to beat us today, by two and half
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Webmuppet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 08 at 10:17pm
Hmmmm...haven't we been here before ? It's like deja-vu all over again ! LOL

So was there anything new and interesting at the Southampton show ?

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I went on Saturday and it was the usual stuff - lots of yachts that I can't afford, but nice to look at.  The dinghy selection was rubbish - Laser didn't even have a Dart 18 on the stand  RS didn't have the boats I wanted to look at.

Missed the Alto.  Shame I would have liked a look.

The Tekcat looks like a monster.  I'd love a go!

Parking - at the weekend there was a docks area that was open for parking for 7 all day.  I don't know Southampton that well, but it was a turn off between Ocean Village and the Red Funnel entrance.  Through the security gates and then all cash goes to their charity.

In conclusion, I'd normally give it a miss, but was offered free tickets and was meeting people there.  Won't be rushing back next year.

 

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Merlinboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 08 at 1:05pm
9k seems about the price considering it is not produced on mass like topper boats!! I suppose an RS400 is only 8850 before you even ad a trolley!!!!  And look at the price of a new 505 Jesus wept now that is LOADS A Money!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 08 at 1:51pm
I noticed a two year old 505 for sale for 15k+. Now they do have a few
more complications, but I would have thought with all the gizmos the
Alto has, it's a way better deal.

After all, other than the class association what can a 505 do that the Alto
can't?

But more important I would have thought, is the question what can the
Alto do that the 505 can't?

I think the RS400 is a great boat as well, but I think the Alto is better.

What I can't quite understand is why it appears to only be me that thinks
all this, very worrying.

I note we've made the website..

Even more worrying.
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