The scourge of seafarers everywhere, barnacles can seriously affect the performance, resale value and appearance of your marine vessel. Faced with this prospect, boatowners have consistently turned to antifouling solutions as a method for keeping pesky sea growth at bay but this, too, comes with its own host of issues. So is this common coating really that bad and, if so, what are the antifoul alternatives available to those heading out on the high seas?
Any boat owner who’s experienced the misfortune of scraping pesky barnacles off their hull will attest that storing your vessel in open water is never a good idea. While your watercraft may be designed to handle the worst of the ocean, deterioration and aquatic build-up comes quickly when your vessel doesn’t have a break from the unrelenting saltwater environment.
For those immersed in maritime culture, the dilemma of docking your pride and joy will be all too familiar. While some common cumbersome methods demanded repetitive and costly maintenance, an inflatable alternative, FAB Dock, is making waves among seafarers in the know.
There’s no denying it. It’s heavenly being out on the water when the skies are clear and there’s a light breeze blowing off the ocean making gentle waves, which are shimmering in the sunlight. Or maybe your idea of heaven is the adrenaline rush of sailing a maxi-yacht through a big swell. Either way, what’s not so blissful is having to worry about damage to your boat due to too much time in the water. When it comes to maintaining your vessel, the benefits of using a boat dry-docking system are many, but you have to make sure you have the right one.
FAB Dock is honoured to be named as a 2018 winner of the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow program, recognised for the development of our patented dry docking technology and our contribution to marine conservation.
Exiting and Entering your FAB Dock only takes a few simple steps to ensure you protect your FAB Dock and your boat. Always make sure you follow each step and you should never have an issue. Like anything the more you look after it the longer it will last. The FAB Dock is designed to make life simple for you and your boating life. Each customer is provided with a guide to keep with them on the boat, the guides are water proof and can attach to your key ring or keep in your wallet.
After recently visiting the gorgeous shores of Port Coogee, we wanted to share a story on how a FAB Dock protected a beautiful Cobalt R5 boat. The owner of this boat had only been able to take his stunning Cobalt out twice in the last 16 months but thank fully due to being protected by our world class FAB Dock the hull came out looking like new. The photo shows what the hull looks like after 16 months of being in a FAB Dock with minimal use. No matter how often you use your boat the FAB Dock will protect your prized possession all year round.
We have to take this opportunity to say we had a fantastic time in Western Australia, we got to see many of our valued FAB Dock clients and had the chance to meet new faces at the Hillaries Boat Show. We will be back soon!