Having our FAB Docks manufactured in New Zealand for the past three years, we thought it only fair that we actually share the benefits of our world class dry docking system with our ANZAC neighbours.
So we left a beautifully warm Spring behind on the Gold Coast to be welcomed by a howling cyclone, driving rain and freezing temperatures on our arrival into Auckland. (My congratulations to the Virgin pilot for getting us on the ground safely. By the way, Virgin is the name of the airline for those that didn’t know, I am not sure of the pilots experience in his personal life.)
The rain abated to periodic showers throughout the weekend for the Auckland Boat Show, but if you have been following my stories, rain at a boat show is a fact of life for us. But they breed these Kiwis tough over here and a bit of rain and 50 knot winds isn’t going to stop them from checking out the latest boats and marine products on show.
And so, on top of the normal enthusiastic response we receive from guests at boat shows all over the world, Kiwis were even more amazed that such a worldwide product is actually manufactured in their country. They now have an environmentally friendly alternative to keeping their boat clean, that also helps them berth their boat, is nearly half the price of any other option, and is made in NZ!
With FAB Docks already in the water at Orakei Harbour and Half Moon Bay, for those that couldn’t make it down to the show, you can still arrange to get a close up look by calling Bill Richmond on 0274 732 386 and he will be more than happy to show you one and explain all the benefits of having a FAB Dock under your boat.
I am looking forward to my next visit to help Bill install his first batch of FAB Docks and see if Auckland does actually warm up in the summertime.
What a whirlwind few days this has been, installing FAB Docks in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin and Perth. We even had to get Sharon out of the office to help us install David’s FAB Dock under his very well appointed Voyager Cat. A magnificent cruising powercat that David and Javana do just that. With frequent trips to the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and the Keppel Island Group from their base north of Brisbane, they certainly make the most of their boat.
Then it was off to Townsville to install a FAB Dock under yet another Caribbean. Adrian had just picked himself up an absolute bargain on the Gold Coast and had it trucked up to Townsville. The boat is in absolute pristine condition and hadn’t even been spoilt with antifoul. So the timing was perfect as we had the FAB Dock in place the night before the boat arrived and Adrian drove his brand new pride and joy straight from the boat lift into his FAB Dock first thing on Saturday morning.
In the meantime, Guy was busy installing another FAB Dock in Hillarys Harbour in Perth under Peter and Mal’s 27 Sea Ray Amberjack. I am looking forward to seeing it for myself in a couple of weeks when I am next out there.
For me, it was then off to Darwin in install a FAB Dock under one of Rick’s commercial dive boats (see previous story).
And tomorrow it is off to Auckland to officially launch FAB Dock into the NZ market so watch out for the wrap up of the Auckland boat show.
Not realising that it doesn’t get light in Darwin at this time of year until 7 o’clock, Rick’s suggested meeting time, I moved it forward to 6am to try and get his FAB Dock installed before the heat and humidity set in, so that we could be admiring our handywork with a beer in hand before lunch. So it was just as well that Drew and Saul came prepared with torches.
The install went perfectly well on the marina beach and we were soon towing Rick’s new FAB Dock into place.
A short time later and we had one of Rick’s seven commercial dive boats safe and dry inside it’s new home.
So if you are ever up that way and need something fixed, removed or salvaged from the ocean, Rick and his team are the guys to call. One of the most professional, hard working and friendly crews that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
And once the locals see the benefits and savings Rick gains from his FAB Dock, I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of each other in the coming months.
Thanks again guys.
Hot on the heals of installing our first FAB Dock in the Middle East, we have also recently installed our first FAB Dock in The Seychelles.
In the past three years I have been fortunate enough to be able to visit many beautiful parts of the world and their respective waterfronts and marinas, but the aptly named Eden Island Resort is arguably the most spectacular. With the only thing outshining the turquoise waters and golden sands being the hospitality and generosity of our customer and host, Dana Buys.
After a career running highly successful software companies, Dana has now expanded his business interests to include one of South Africa’s finest wineries. With so many business interests, three daughters and another one only months away, I just don’t know how he finds the time to get away. But when he does, he does with the style and enthusiasm that has obviously made him very successful in business. His villa on Eden Island is immaculately equipped and presented and his array of toys is world class, including a 36 foot Al Dhaem Wavebreaker with twin Suzuki 300s that is now sitting protected in a FAB Dock.
This is one destination that we won’t have a shortage of volunteers to help install the next batch of FAB Docks, which won’t be long judging by the serious interest shown by other residents and locals.
See you soon for another Seybrew.
The whole team here at FAB Dock wish to offer a very warm welcome to Mohamed Ahmadi and Yousef Mohseni who have recently joined our expanding family as agents for the Middle East region.
Having already gained a number of world renowned brands under their marine business umbrella, they were excited to add FAB Dock to complement these lines.
The first step was to install a FAB Dock under their Ski Nautique G25 which is one of the other brands that they represent and that they also use for their wakeboarding school; the first of its kind in Bahrain. And Yousef didn’t shirk his responsibilities on his first assignment, helping me for a few hours with the installation in the middle of a 45 degree celsius day.
And for those that have never experienced the delights and culture of Bahrain, take my advice, and make it a priority. It is truly a crossroads of the world’s cultures, with some of the most hospitable and welcoming people that I have ever met, with Mohamed and Yousef at the top of the list. I would love to describe in detail just how amazing Mohamed’s family is and just how spectacular the palace that his father has built is, but that is another whole story right there, except to say that his father is one of the most amazing and fascinating men I have ever met in all my worldwide travels.
I am already looking forward to my next visit to the region to help install our first batch of FAB Docks and spread the FAB Dock brand throughout the other Gulf Countries.
All the very best guys.
Even though the weather wasn’t always on our side, we still managed to install another four FAB Docks in the water around WA last week as well as measure up another eight boats for FAB Docks in the coming weeks. With another three FAB Docks ready to be installed as soon as the customers get back from their holidays and work trips, there will be a veritable sea of FAB Docks throughout WA by the end of the year.
That all adds up to lots of very happy boaties, spending less time and money maintaining and cleaning their boats and more time enjoying them, not too mention the very real environmental benefit of saving tons of poisonous antifoul from entering our fragile waterways.
Peter and Zel became the first FAB Dock customers to receive their promotional Lowrance Chart Plotter for purchasing their FAB Dock at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Even though navigating the canals through the Gold Coast is easy enough, Peter and Zel are excited about being able to explore further afield with the confidence of having their new Lowrance Chart plotter mounted onto the dash of their beautiful Four Winns.
Not only does the Lowrance unit fit perfectly into the dash space, but the FAB Dock also matches the unique colour of their highly polished cruiser.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Laura and the whole team at Lowrance for their support in this joint promotion and congratulate them on their world class product range.
But on a more sombre note, Zel’s mum has unfortunately been struck down with cancer and Zel is helping her to battle it. He has written a song that he has launched on You Tube with all proceeds going to cancer research. So to help Zel’s mum and all cancer sufferers, you can watch Zel’s song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBhTrqRwfkw and then purchase it through iTunes to donate. We wish them all the best.
What smaller, country boat shows lack in raw attendance numbers, they certainly make up for in enthusiasm and atmosphere. After setting up under cloudy skies on the Friday, Mackay turned on the perfect weekend. And the locals turned out in droves. I think almost everyone in Mackay must have passed through the turnstiles. It is also easier to do business in this more relaxed atmosphere, as our newest members to our FAB Dock family found. We look forward to being back in a few weeks to install the first batch of many FAB Docks in this most amazing part of our country.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers for such a wonderful show and our fellow marine exhibitors for making the weekend very enjoyable (if not a tad unhealthy.)
See you all again next year.
I recently noticed that we have built a number of FAB Docks for Caribbean boats and as a result, I have spent a lot of time on them. And I must say that I am very impressed. Ranging from Rex’s compact Reef Runner all the way up to Danny’s immaculate 47 Flybridge, and most of them in between, they are one solidly built and well finished boat. So it is little surprise that such fastidious owners want to keep them as clean as possible, and as we all know by now, a FAB Dock is the best dry docking system in the world. No matter if you are in the south western corner of Australia in the beautiful canals of Mandurah like Jim or Neil with their 24 and 26 feet Caribbeans, or in the tropical north eastern corner like Henrik with his 35 flybridge, we can protect your Caribbean from the speed-reducing, fuel sucking, intake clogging growth of the oceans.
Being the third time that we have exhibited at this prestigious event, we are feeling more like old marine regulars rather than the new kids on the block, dishing out advice to the first timers and swapping stories with other regulars. And by once again thinking outside the square, we managed to impress even the most discerning critic with our innovative display. Two FAB Docks stood upright with the floor becoming the roof; made for one amazing tent.
This new display, combined with some nice weather, a more positive atmosphere in general around the boat show and years of hard work and dedication to perfecting the FAB Dock, led to the most amount of sales that we have ever taken at any boat show. It is great to hear that many people have seen our FAB Docks in canals and marinas during their boating excursions and specifically came to our stand to ask questions about it.
When we are up against the best dry docking systems available in the world, all showcased within a stones throw of each other, and people continually tell us that not only are we a half or one third of their price, but we also have a much better product, it reinforces what we have been trying to achieve since our inception.
So I apologise to all those people who I have not yet been able to get back in touch with regarding a FAB Dock for their boat, but will do my best to do so over the coming weeks.
Look out for us at all the other major boat shows around the country throughout the year or back here again next year.