Cairns put on a beautiful Spring day for the latest installation in the tropics. After seeing a couple of other FAB Docks in a marina on his way around there for a drink, Phil went home to Google this “FAB Dock” to find out more about it. After some further research he decided it was the most cost effective method to protect his pristine Mustang. We ran out of time to share our customary beer on completion, but we will catch up on that when we are back up there to measure up all the neighbours’ boats.
I am always greeted with beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine whenever I venture out West. It is a mirror of the people and the attitude; radiant and positive.
That is, except for the weekend of the one of the largest boat shows in Australia. It absolutely poured down, blew a gale and was freezing cold. Hardly the sort of weather required to entice the general public to part with their hard earned money and get out on the ocean.
But that WA spirit is hard to dampen and there were queues a mile long at opening time. It is little wonder that it is one of the best places in the world to live and people are flocking there.
The show was a resounding success and enabled us to showcase our product to thousands more boaties who were thankful to find out a new, economical and environmentally sound way to keep their boats clean. A big thank you to Chris Box from Martin Box Marine, our number one WA distributor, for making it all possible.
Three more FAB Docks in the water, a bunch of new boats measured up for FAB Docks and that is before we even start to account for the Mandurah Boat Show. A big thank you to Chris Box from Martin Box Marine for organising a berth at the show to showcase the FAB Dock to the boating fraternity in Western Australia. And what a response we received. Being up to a third cheaper than current alternative methods is always going to make a product very attractive, but on top of that a FAB Dock is portable, works off 12 volt and makes berthing your boat an easy, single handed affair. We look forward to catching up with all those that visited our stand, in the coming months.
Sydney turned on the charm for my recent trip to Australia’s harbour city and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent installing the latest three FAB Docks. And three of the nicest people I have ever met who will fit perfectly into our rapidly expanding FAB Dock family.
Adam and his 265 Sea Ray was first. One of the best small cruising boats built. It has everything you would need for a group of friends to spend a leisurely day on the Harbour or a romantic evening for two under the stars. And now that Adam has it safely tucked into a FAB Dock, he promises me he will use it a lot more. Between a busy work schedule and the drama of having to berth it in a difficult spot, Adam admitted that he hadn’t driven it in a year and a half. After a few demonstrations on just how easy it is to park his boat singlehandedly, he quickly realised that he will be putting his investment to a lot better use this summer. He even admitted to not believing my claim that you can actually park your boat with your eyes closed once you had the bow between the yellow markers, but he does now.
Then it was off to protect Milad’s latest toy. And what a toy it is. If you are in the market for a new runabout, you have to check out this new Cap Camarat 5.5 from Beneteau. It is a ripper. And it looked so cute next to the 45 foot Beneteau Flybridge that Milad nonchalantly explained later was also his. After getting him to waste half an hour of his time showing me his ‘other’ boat, I spent the next two hours trying to weasel an invitation on his next Harbour cruise. How did I go Milad? Anyway, we got his new Beneteau tucked away nicely into its FAB Dock after finishing off some of the delivery details that the dealer had overlooked. Obviously, only owning two Beneteaus doesn’t entitle you to gold star service.
With more and more FAB Docks being installed in South Australia, it is surprising that it has taken this long to get the first one into Adelaide itself. Herb recently took delivery of his FAB Dock to protect his 40 foot Flybridge from the surprising amount of growth given the cooler waters in that part of the world. With the amount of interest we generated when we were installing it, we would expect to quickly fill the marina with FAB Docks in the near future. I am looking forward to warmer weather the next time I am installing some down there though. Thanks for your help, Herb.
WA is booming and that is keeping us busy supplying FAB Docks to those boaties out West who have very nice boats, but no time to worry about the maintenance that normally goes with leaving their boat in the water. When you are working that hard, you want to play just as hard, so if you have been away for some time, you want to know that your boat is clean and dry and ready to go at a minute’s notice for those spectacular days out to Rotnest Island or fishing on the shelf.
A very special thanks to Scott for his invaluable hard work in helping me install his FAB Dock under his brand new Sea Ray. It was cold, wet and windy and pitch black by the time we finished so it is my shout for the beers when I am next out your way.
And if you live in the Mandurah area and need a good sparky for any reason, give Kim a call at Accord Electrical. The nicest guy I have met in a long time; a true gentleman. And he loves his marlin fishing and his boat has the scars to prove it.
His friend Adrian was the first person in WA to get his FAB Dock installed under his purpose built Razorline. A normal installation takes about 2 or 3 beers, but twenty beers later we were still sitting on his boat. The FAB Dock had long been installed and emptied out but how could you be in a hurry on an afternoon like that.
The last one for the Weekend was Chris Box’s own 30 foot Concept with twin 300 HP Verados. If you need to get to Rotto in a hurry then that is the boat you need. Ten minutes from Freo is one quick trip. If you want to check out these boats, or even the bigger 45 footer, then give Chris a call at Martin Box Marine.
We measured up a number of other boats while we were out there so we are looking forward to our next trip out West. The hospitality is amazing.
After months of design testing we finally installed the first side entry FAB Dock under Henry’s magnificent Bavaria 35 on the Central Coast of NSW recently. It helped that we got our first sunny day of all our trips to that part of the world, and it really made a difference. Now we know why everyone raves about it.
And the difference to Henry’s boating experience will be enormous. After only four months sitting in the water, the 660 horses in the engine bay wasn’t enough to get it up on plane. A far cry from the “out of the hole like a bullet on the way to 50mph” that the boat is capable of. It will also make berthing and leaving so much easier given his tricky pole mooring setup.
I am looking forward to another trip out when you have the legs and hull clean, Henry.
In another milestone for FAB Dock, Brad took delivery of his own FAB Dock for his 32 foot Cougar Cat yesterday. After (patiently) waiting until the design team had worked through every conceivable option and associated pitfall, he was more than a little excited to be able to drive his ex-rescue boat into its new home. Which he did with ease, even with only one engine operating. Much to the delight of his neighbour who might have experienced a few bumps on previous berthing attempts. And now that his Cougar Cat is safely tucked into its own dry dock, Brad is looking forward to maintaining his 38 knot top speed instead of the 22 knots he was down to with dirty hulls and engines.
After installing a FAB Dock under another 38 foot Mustang, we know that bigger boat owners are seeing not only the cost benefits of owning a FAB Dock, but also the ease and simplicity it brings to their boating experience. Craig is the most fastidious boat owner I have met (even more than me) and we couldn’t get the smile off his face after he berthed his boat into his new FAB Dock for the first time and saw how quickly the rear section raised up and started pumping the water out. It was all done in literally a matter of minutes. If you can have this added benefit (along with a host of others) on a product that pays for itself in a few years, why wouldn’t you own one?
Even though we had the smallest boat on the water at the show (sorry Jim, but we still greatly appreciate you lending it to us), we had a fantastic response from everyone who ventured past. Whether it was boaties who have heard about FAB Dock before and wanted to see it for themselves, or people who had never heard of it and just happened to see it for the first time, everyone left with a positive comment and amazement that a dry docking system could be that good, for so much less than any other method. We will all be doing our best to get back to everyone that requested more information, a quote, or just a FAB Dock. Thanks to everyone that stopped by, including all our existing customers checking up on our progress; yes, we have come a long way in the past year.
And a special thanks to our USA and NZ team members who flew out specially for the weekend. I know that they have all gone home with an even greater level of enthusiasm to make FAB Dock the number one worldwide dry docking system.