Mackay Boat Show

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.

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Caribbean Boat Owners Love FAB Docks

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.

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Another Caribbean in a FAB Dock dry docking system

 

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after another very wet install, it finally cleared to show off a great fit.

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stern view of another Caribbean in a FAB Dock

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The classic fishing rig staying dry in its FAB Dock

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2013

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.

 

 

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Our new tent with a two year old FAB Dock in the foreground.

 

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.

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The view of our new tent and FAB Dock from F Arm

Palm Beach Boat Show

FAB Dock Team USA (Joe, Donnie and Pat) teamed up with Everglade Boats and Stella Marine out of Palm Beach to display a 27.5ft. center console sport fish wrapped in a FAB Dock at the Palm Beach Boat Show. We had the perfect location, on a corner berth just down from the main entrance to the show, and were inundated all weekend with boat owners that were amazed at how such a simple concept was so effective at keeping the boat dry. And when we explained that it also helped them park their boat, was portable, 12 volt and built to suit any size boat, they were truly flabbergasted.

And no boat is ever complete without  at least some rain. So right on cue, we received our mandatory rain shower on the first day, but the weather gods were kind to us for the rest of the show. Unlike the Sarasota Boat Show, which we aren’t even going to talk about.

Response continues to be amazing and interest was even higher in Palm Beach than at the Miami Boat Show a few weeks weeks before. Brian Harris, the VP of Marketing for Everglades Boats, Inc. loved the crowds around the FAB Dock so much he wants to team up for future boat shows and continue to showcase his boats in a FAB Dock!

Many thanks to Bob Stella and the great staff from Bob Stella Marine who showed such class at the Palm Beach Show. They were such a great team to work with!

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7 Installed for the Week

What a week. A big thank you to the whole FAB Dock team for pulling out all stops and getting seven FAB Docks installed this week on both sides of Australia. And an even bigger thank you to all those customers that worked in with us and rearranged their schedules to allow it to all happen. We almost had Queensland covered with FAB Docks being installed over 1000 kilometres apart from Brisbane to Airlie Beach with Scarborough and Mackay in between. And over on the West coast, Guy installed another two in Mandurah and another one in Hillarys, right next to another FAB Dock customer; they look so cute together. It makes us all so proud.

But there is no rest for the team with another seven scheduled to be installed over the next week. The production team are workng around the clock to keep up. But you won’t hear any complaints from us. We love being busy and sincerely appreciate all our customers making us the number one selling dry docking system in the world. If you don’t have a FAB Dock under your boat yet, give us a call and find out why so many other people have chosen a FAB Dock to protect their boat.

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Tailor Made

How long did you take picking out your last pair of shoes? How many pairs did you try on before you bought the right one? The same for your last pair of jeans or dress shirt? If you were going to spend a couple of thousand dollars buying a tailor made suit, how many measurements would you expect them to take? And then how well would you expect it to fit? Well, why should your dry docking system be any different? In fact, because you are paying many thousands of dollars more for it, you would expect it to be even more tailor made. After all, we are talking about protecting your boat, and how important is that and how much did that cost?

So it takes us a bit longer to measure each individual boat and it takes us a bit longer to build each FAB Dock, which means it might cost a little more than if we made a one size fits all box shape, but the benefits far outweigh this minor inconvenience. Again, did you buy the cheapest boat you could find? Or did you spend just that little bit more to get just the right boat that will suits your needs and last a lot longer?

Simple physics says that it is a lot more difficult to squash a circular tube than it is a square box. Try it yourself. So strength is a major reason we curve each FAB Dock to mirror the curve of your boat. The second important reason is to minimise the amount water required to be pumped out, which also shortens the time it takes to have you boat dry, the main reason for buying a dry docking system. And by having your FAB Dock custom built to the lines of your boat, it minimises any catchment area for rain to enter and hence, less work again for the pumps.

The most important reason for custom building each FAB Dock to each customer’s boat, is to aid in the berthing process. Quite a number of customers have bought FAB Docks primarily for this reason. And so it is important that the entire bow section is ‘caught’ by the FAB Dock, in case the skipper has come in a little quicker or harder than normal.

So don’t let anyone convince you otherwise, get a tailor made FAB Dock for your boat, it will be the best investment you will make, since you bought the boat.

 

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Hillarys Boat Show

Western Australia finally broke the Boat Show weather hoodoo with three magnificent days for the Hillarys Boat Show. Not including the setup day where Guy and I got absolutely soaked setting up Scott’s great Sea Ray Weekender that he had graciously lent us for the weekend. The crowds loved the perfect weather and flocked in. Lisa put on an absolutely wonderful show with lots of entertainment for everyone and lots of stuff to buy ranging from fishing tackle to multi million dollar Princess boats. And of course, the response at our FAB Dock stand is always amazing; ranging from bewilderment to absolute amazement at how simple and cost effective our dry docking system is compared to anything else in the market. With more and more people becoming aware of the environmental impact that thousands of boats dropping antifoul into our waterways for years and years will ultimately produce. So here’s hoping that in a short period of time we will see most recreational boats living in FAB Docks rather than using poisonous antifoul.

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Townsville Joins the Trend

Shane and Sonya are the latest boat owners to join our rapidly expanding FAB Dock family. It is surprising that it has taken this long for Townsville to get its first FAB Dock but Shane is convinced that now that fellow boaties can see how easy and effective his FAB Dock is, they will all want one.

 

Shane had long been looking for a solution to the age old problem of growth on his hull and running gear (like the rest of us) but could never justify the cost of previous dry docking systems. But when his big Volvo diesel was struggling to push his boat to 12 knots, down from 20 knots when clean, he had another look for a solution. So when he found FAB Dock, and also saw how it will help him berth his boat, he was sold. Having a single engined flybridge on a ‘blow off’ berth, he couldn’t find a more difficult boat to park. With his ‘crew’ either asleep or not quite up to the task, it was always a three or four attempt effort to get the Riviera berthed without the obligatory “berth’ marks. So now he is looking forward to being able to go fishing on his own, knowing he can park it first time, every time.

 

And have a look at just how good a fit we got around the boat. Shane took all the credit for this as he was the one hanging off the bow with tape measure in one hand and bow rail in the other, while I was sitting on his boat with my feet up writing down the measurements he was yelling out. So thanks for that, Shane.photo

Miami Boat Show

The boat show weather curse continued in Miami with the heavens opening up on the Friday and one of Miami’s coldest days on record on the Sunday. All the locals were scrambling to find any old jacket to try and keep warm and all the northerners who had come down for the warm Florida weather had thought they had got off at the wrong place.

 

The rain had actually started Thursday night after I had decided to take the USA FAB Dock team out to dinner to thank them for all their efforts in getting the FAB Dock showcased at such a prestigious event. And so it is a testament to their dedication that it didn’t strike any of us until the end of the night as we were waiting in the rain for the valet to return our car, that everyone else around us were couples enjoying their romantic Valentine’s Day dinner surrounded by roses, balloons and chocolates. So I would sincerely like to thank all those wives and girlfriends that allowed their men to leave them on the most romantic night of the year to pursue the FAB Dock cause.

 

Once the rain had subsided, the boat show itself was a roaring success. Once again, we received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from everyone that passed by. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Miami Ski Nautique for sharing their stand with us and having two of their boats live in FAB Docks for the duration of the show. And a special thank you to Sammy for being our test driver for our new FAB Dock video and to Luke who put the berthing benefit of the FAB Dock to the test with the quickest entry I have ever seen. We didn’t have the radar gun out but I heard estimates of up to 20 mph.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

 

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BIrd’s eye view

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View from the air

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FAB Dock Truck Envy

I have always been proud of my Nissan Navarra ute in Australia. It is

comfortable, economical and can haul quite a bit of gear. It even looks good

with its FAB Dock signage.

 

Well all that changed when Joe went and trumped me with his recent purchase.

In typical American style, his new USA FAB Dock truck is bigger, badder,

meaner, faster and way more luxurious (oh, but a tad less economical).

Riding on 20 inch wheels and being pushed by a 5.6 litre V8, this black

beauty Nissan Titan has room inside for 6 adults sitting comfortably on rich

leather seats and the tray in the back has enough space for half a dozen FAB

Docks.

 

How can I convince Nissan to sell them in Australia? Its not fair. I want

one.

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