Seemed a better variety of boats than last year - spent quite a while on the Paragon 31. Very interesting comparison with the Targas with which I'm familiar.
Nice Nimbus also, along with some interesting new "sports fishers. I was also looking at open launches for using on the river and perhaps the sea. Dutch "slooeps" were really classy but horrendously expensive - like £30k+ for something about 19ft long
Very limited stock at the various "chandleries".
On the whole a worthwhile afternoon.
Called at MBM stand to accost Stewart with the words "Tony Chappell" but he wasn't there - probably doing an article on a campervan (only joking).
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24-02-10, 23:28 #11Registered User
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25-02-10, 16:12 #12Registered User
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I did buy a beef sandwich for £4.50 though and a chart plotter from Mailspeed Marine.
I was almost seduced by the http://www.fifthwheelco.com, but managed to shake off the desire to write a large cheque and was content to just give the motor homes a look over. Who would ever think of spending so much money on something that spends most of its time parked up.
25-02-10, 17:15 #13
Popped in today, there were more there boats than I was expecting, but mostly small to medium size - biggest around 42ft (not counting narrow boats or dutch barges)
Best of the bunch was the Paragon 31
It felt really secure on top and had doors to the indoor helm on both port and stbd sides
Beautiful wide side decks and that super looking all round windscreen
The only drawback apart from the £220k asking price (includes masses of teak, bowthruster, heating and winch )was the disapointing forward cabin, it was both low and narrow. Side decks v space in cabin is always a compromise, but I could not stand up in the cabin so that rules it out for us (well that and the £220k) The other boat we like was the Aquador 26, would really have liked to see the 33 but it was not at the show
Popped in to say hello to Neil and Claire on the MBM stand, then set out to look for some chandlery bargains, only Jimmy Green and Mailspeed there (and with small stands) so did not get fender stocks or combined boathook/broom and other stuff that we were looking for. However Towsure had a huge stand in one of the halls and they had a lot of stuff there that would be useful on the caravan side of boating if you are going.