Trip to North Queensland

I have just returned from a trip through North Queensland upgrading some of our earlier customers to our new pumping and electrical system and was enthused to hear the response from every one of them. A couple are adamant that they have already paid for their FAB Dock with the maintenance and fuel savings that they have enjoyed over the past few years and, on top of that, their boats are in perfect condition, as compared with a number of their neighbours who haven’t yet seen the light and bought themselves a FAB Dock.

Over the next few months we plan on getting around to see all our customers to make sure they have the latest FAB Dock equipment to keep their investment in their dry docking system at the forefront of technology.

Picture top left corner a new FAB Dock, picture bottom right the same FAB Dock two and a half years later.

Two and a half years later

Two and a half years later

Our 4th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Some things you just never get tired of. As this is where it all started when we finally launched FAB Dock to the boating public, Sanctuary Cove doubles as our birthday celebration every year. So we have even more fun than usual. Having two more girls on the stand along with the usual male suspects meant that there were some pretty faces for interested boaties to talk to instead of just us boring business owners. Thanks Rosie, Laurie and Sharon for providing more entertainment and laughs than any other boat show that we have ever exhibited at. The only thing that matched the girls for beauty was Sharon’s boat that was proudly displayed in its FAB Dock.

The weather was perfect, the crowds were up and their was optimism in the air and we have been busy ever since measuring up boats for new FAB Docks and getting them built and installed.

And so a big thank you to all our existing clients who have made FAB Dock such a success and helped us improve and perfect our product to be the number one selling dry docking system in the world. But we aren’t resting on our laurels with some major advancements in the pipeline due for release very soon.

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FAB Dock at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2014

Sea Rescue

We have installed our first FAB Dock under a sea rescue vessel in the West Australian port of Hillarys. After exploring all the different options, the committee decided that our latest dry docking solution would be the best method for keeping their eleven metre Naiad clean and performing at its optimal best for its critical rescue missions.

This joins a growing number of FAB Docks that can now be seen throughout the marina with even more to be installed in the next couple of weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers in Western Australia for making FAB Dock the most popular dry docking system in the state.

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The best method for Sea Rescue dry dock

Darwin Knows Best

One of the most astute business owners I have ever met are Rick and Sue from TEK Diving Services in Darwin. They run one of the most professional commercial diving operations to be found anywhere in the world. Not only do they run a dedicated team of quality divers, but they also manage to run around Darwin every morning before their work day begins, and that is no mean feat in the Darwin summer.

Having numerous boats that live in the warm tropical waters of Cullen Bay, Rick and Sue needed a solution to keep their boats clean and dry and in optimal condition so that they are ready for work at a minute’s notice. Having researched and trialed

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2 FAB Docks under dive boats in Darwin

other dry docking options, including a FAB Dock, Rick and Sue decided that FAB Dock is the best solution and ordered second one for their biggest boat (Sue’s boat).

I am looking forward to getting up to Darwin again soon, particularly during the winter season, but in the meantime, if you, or anyone you know, needs any underwater work or salvage operations performed in Darwin, make sure you give TEK Diving a call.

Latest Innovations

To everyone that has been following our progress and reading my constant blogging updates, you may have noticed that I have been a little quiet lately. Apart from the normal excuses of being insanely busy flying to all corners of our vast country installing FAB Docks, missing out on sleep and precious time with my gorgeous girlfriend, myself and the team have been secretly working on a revolution within the dry docking genre. With the prototype now out of the laboratory and installed on my own boat, we are only a matter of weeks away from rolling it out to all our existing customers plus all our new FAB Docks.

With commercial dry docking systems being available for decades, we continue to innovate, revolutionise and perfect our particular product by finding solutions to issues that have plagued other dry docking systems since inception, yet were thought to be unsolvable.

Much of this credit goes to our loyal and passionate customers who have willingly contributed their experiences, thoughts and ideas which we act upon as quickly as possible to ascertain their merit for future inclusion and/or retrofit into our FAB Dock product. (Sorry guys, not every single one of your ideas are as brilliant as you think. Cup holders? Really?)

So stay tuned; the next six months will see a raft of revolutionary new improvements and new products launched from the hard working team at FAB Dock.

Carolina Classic loves her FAB Dock

There are many boats that claim to be the best fishing boat in the world, but the Carolina Classic has plenty of substance to her claim. One look at her specs and a quick walk around will remind you of why it costs a bit more than your average boat.

And after investing that sort of money in pursuit of that elusive catch, it would be a crime to slap gooey antifoul all over the hull, so Ric decided that a FAB Dock is a much more attractive and financially viable solution. And after driving in and out half a dozen times in the first couple of days, he couldn’t believe just how easy it also made berthing his beautiful Classic, without risk of scratching her.

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Carolina Classic tucked neatly in her FAB Dock

More FAB Docks for Martha Cove

Michael took delivery of his FAB Dock just in time to be able to leave his suped-up ski boat in the water over the Christmas holidays so that he and his family can use it every day without the hassle of the boat ramp over this busy period.

His well kitted out Streaker does everything you would require from a ski boat, with the added space and comfort of a cuddy cab should the weather turn bad. Not that you expect that to happen in Melbourne?

Have fun Michael.

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Streaker covered in a FAB Dock

Leisurecat join the FAB Dock family

If you are looking at buying a serious fishing catamaran, then you just have to have a look at a Leisurecat. One of the best built boats around and run by one of the truly great guys in the marine industry. And just to prove just how great a boat they are, Ian now owns three of them and has them sitting in various corners of the country so that he is never far from a great day out.

We put his most recent purchase into a FAB Dock in Mindarie and as it fits like a glove, will not only keep his latest edition to his fleet clean and dry, but make berthing it all that more easy.

Thanks for joining our family Ian and thanks for your support Kev.

FAB Dock makes Greenline even greener

The new range of Greenline boats have made an huge impact in the boating market with their environmentally friendly diesel/electric hybrid drive system. Not only does it save its owners money on fuel, but they can also get along in silent, fume free mode for that serene boating experience.

By matching up his new 40 foot Greenline with a FAB Dock, Nev has taken his ‘green’ credentials one step further by eliminating the need to apply poisonous antifoul to the hull of his boat. And apart from the obvious financial benefits of keeping your boat clean and dry inside a FAB Dock, it will also save Nev over one thousand dollars a year in sacrificial anodes as the downside to having enough solar power to run a small city, is that all that electricity has a tendency to chew through the 14 anodes mounted throughout the boat.

So all in all, a win for everyone concerned, including the fish.

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Keeping a Greenline 40 clean and dry

WA filling up with FAB Docks

Boat owners in Western Australia continue to fill up our order books, and prove that the FAB Dock is the most popular dry docking system by far, with another very busy week in this boating mecca. With installations from as far north as Geraldton to the southern area of Mandurah, I won’t even try and list out all the names and boats that are now protected in FAB Docks. And in between all this, we still managed to measure up a whole bunch of new boats that the production team are now flat out building so that we can have them installed in time for Christmas.

The only two things that came off worse than myself after a week of 20 hour days was the kangaroo that decided that at 3am, a billion square kilometres of Western Australian desert wasn’t enough and he wanted to play Frogga with Justin’s brand new Volkswagen Amorak. He wasn’t quick enough and the Germans don’t do a lot of crash testing on large bouncing animals. So there is no saving Skippy and the last I heard, the Amorak wasn’t faring too much better.

I am hoping for a more relaxed and uneventful final trip for the year in a couple of weeks to help Guy install this last batch and join the team and customers for a well earned Christmas drink.

Skippy incident

Kanagaroo that hitched a ride back to Perth

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Another Sea Ray in a FAB Dock in WA

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Stern Drives dry docked