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.
There are now a couple more FAB Docks in North Queensland’s capital after local friends, Adrian and Gary, by sheer coincidence, ended up with the same size Caribbean and (obviously) the same size FAB Dock.
Being one of the more seriously built 26 foot boats on the market, Adrian opted for the sportier version while Gary bought the traditional flybridge model. Both well suited when venturing offshore past the protected waters of Magnetic Island.
Having researched all the other forms of dry docking, Ray came to the conclusion that for value for money and ease of use, a FAB Dock was was going to be the best system for his amazing 3000 Seaquest.
In the warm tropical waters of Mackay, it is a full-time job trying to keep the sea growth from accumulating on the hull and running gear of your boat, so a FAB Dock will quickly pay for itself in cleaning and running cost savings.
Ray is so passionate and excited about his new dry dock purchase that he is more than happy to chat to anyone in the local Mackay / Whitsunday area that wants to ask any questions or see how a FAB Dock works. So drop me an email and I will pass his number on.
I had heard so many fascinating stories about Exmouth and I was lucky enough to visit it for myself recently thanks to Bob and his wife deciding that they wanted to spend more time on their boat on the water, rather than under it on the dirt. After their most recent DIY antifoul experience they vowed never again and so immediately ordered a FAB Dock to keep their magnificent 35 foot Caribbean clean and dry.
The local hospitality is absolutely amazing and the next time I am back to install another FAB Dock, I will be taking an extra few days holiday to experience the crystal clear waters, coral reefs and aquatic wildlife. I don’t know if the locals are trying to keep it a secret to maintain the pristine condition of the local waters and maintain the abundance of sailfish, marlin, whales and whale sharks, so don’t tell them I told you about the place, but if you are looking for some time away to relax, unwind and get back to nature, Exmouth is the place.
I might even see you up there on one of my trips back.
What a weekend everyone had at this year’s Mandurah Boat Show. For once, we had perfect weather in which to set up our now famous FAB Dock tent and reinstall Mark’s FAB Dock underneath his tricked up 240 Boston Whaler Outrage. But this sense of dryness and warmth disappeared as quickly as it arrived and we spent most of Friday huddled in our tent avoiding the gale force winds and frequent showers, along with anyone who was brave enough to risk the elements to view the latest and greatest in marine products. It’s amazing how interested some people can be in a dry docking system, even though they don’t even own a boat, when it is pouring rain and we had a dry tent.
But the weekend more than made up for this wet and windy start and the crowds flocked in. Justin, Hayley and I were swamped with enthusiastic boaties keen to learn how a FAB Dock could save their boats. The main difference, though, between these requests and every other boat show that we have exhibited at, is that most of these people had seen a FAB Dock either in the water, in a magazine, on our website, or a friend had told them about it.
We are all so very proud that all these years of product development, excellent customer service and just plain hard work is finally paying off. So much so that I had to extend my stay out West by another week so that we could install some of the FAB Docks that had been ordered previously as well as measure up all the new ones that were ordered at the show.
So from the bottom of my heart, and the whole team here at FAB Dock, we would like to thank all our customers who have made us the number one dry docking system in the world.
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.