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,

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.


BIrd's eye view

BIrd’s eye view

View from the air

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



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


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FAB Dock Gets Even Bigger

Congratulations to Barry for now becoming our biggest customer. Not himself, being a fit and healthy bloke that he is, but his boat. “Lucky Grey” is a purpose built boat by Strategic Marine that stretches over 50 feet long. And its ‘purpose’ is to get Barry’s wife out to the islands before she gets sea sick. What a caring, thoughtful and romantic husband.


To achieve this goal required 1400 horsepower of diesel energy and surfacing piercing drives. Any wife would have shed tears of joy over such a beautiful Valentine’s present. It gives me an idea for Valentine’s Day next week, mmmm.


At 39 degrees (102 Fahrenheit) the day we installed it, we greatly appreciated the ice cold water and being able to step into the air conditioned cab. Thanks for all your help Barry and I look forward to a trip out the next time I am in town.


Australia Day in WA

The fabulous team from WA had a very well deserved break on Australia Day and got to enjoy a few drinks and a BBQ, which included some local crayfish kindly donated by a local customer.


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Our First Chaparral FAB Dock

We have dozens of brands of boats now living in FAB Docks so it is always great to welcome another brand into our friendly FAB Dock family. Colin doesn’t believe in starting at the bottom and so decided his first boat should be a 264 Chaparral Sunesta. Even allowing for our own bias towards our own brand of boat, there is little argument that that is one very special boat. Congratulations.



Need to move your FAB Dock?

No need for cranes, barges or teams of people. In fact, no need for any tools or noise at all, or even petrol. Just “Super Guy”. You just can’t get any more environmentally friendly than this.



I won’t even try and convince you how hard I worked all weekend to make this show a success for our FAB Dock brand, because no-one believes me, but trust me, I did. Just because I also happened to spend hours on huge mega yachts eating caviar and crab cakes and drinking the finest wines and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, doesn’t mean it was all roses. Evander Hollyfield kept me amused for ages with some hilarious stories of his upbringing and a special thank you to the Village People for letting me share their bus from the airport after I missed mine. Yes that is really them without the costumes and me in the middle (for those still wondering).


Another First for FAB Dock

Congratulations to Carolyn for becoming our first female customer. In an industry dominated by men, it is refreshing to see that the girls can be more than just beautiful ornaments in the boating scene. She is very passionate about her boat and serious about her boating, so she is very pleased to be able to use her boat more now that it is living in a FAB Dock.


Carolyn’s boat, Mint, is a beautiful cuddy cab, just perfect for those overnighters on Rotto. In fact, she loves her boat so much that she bought an identical one which she now has for sale at a very cheap price. If you know anyone that may be interested, email me and I will pass on Carolyn’s details.


Have fun out there.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The boat show weather curse continued again this year when the first few days of the show were literally blown away. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy and the resulting tidal surge, just trying to get to the show was a mission, and would have actually been easier in a boat than a car.


When the sun finally did come out and the wind dropped, the crowds arrived in droves and reminded everyone why this is the biggest boat show on earth. And once you had bought your boat, the car show wasn’t bad either.