Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wooho Boat show here I come!

What sparked up that outburst I have been to a thousand boat shows from Anerheim to Palma to SBS and LBS and they are all pretty much the same. whith their smiling failed car dealers in their thousands,grinning in their cheap and not so cheap Blazersand off white slacks, approaching everybody before they are ready. They eminate an air of success and I guess I`m hoping that rubs off a little! big bouys toys/ Yes I guess so, will I buy? I doubt it (anyway I can`t find my credit cards). I shall pay my homage in much the same way that I make my other annual pilgrimages, arriving home knackered from a four hour journey on londons great service (not) and take a couple of days to loose the aching legs and other things, from refusing to sit down and relax whilst eating a £20 sandwich and cup of tea, (served by an extremely polite , pleasant and customer service orientated Polish person, no doubt)

In such a large show one has to have tactics and I do have mine, no its not make for the Guinness stand first, I tend to go to the static displays like the RNLI or the Royal Navy frigate, soon to loose the title "Royal" as Bliar has it changed to the republic of the UK! Bstd, (Sorry about that) then I will watch all the demonstrations and entertainment, possibly dancing a little to the glorious sound and sight of the dancers on the promo stage, well its not really dancing (mine that is) its more a small squirm as I watch another punter sucked in by a failed car dealer (FCD)to be told that he sell million of these each year and they are the most popular and we have sold out of this years production but if you put a deposit (non returnable of course) today you can have a discound on the already inflated retail price! omne of my usual visits is to the Beta marine engine stand where I find an unsuspecting FCD and ask him if I can deal direct with the company and not through a supplier, to which they usuall give a wink and a nod and agree that it may be possible! Then I pounce and berate them telling them that I was once a supplier and got really Pis*ed off by having to do the guarantee work on engines that I or any other supplier hadn`t supplied. Well I have to get some entertainment somewhere dont I More to com upon my return.


Fuff said...

Have fun Rob! I don't envy you though :)

Greg and Jamie said...

Do have a great time, Rob! We're gearing up for the Seattle Boat Show and the much smaller Everett Boat Show in the next few months as well. At least we're not looking for a boat this year! Let us know how it was as soon as you're back ~ Jamie

rob said...

I will do, thanks fuff!not looking forward to the train journey though!

Thanks Greg and Jamie! just about to write up my experience of the day!