People often ask us, “Just how inconspicuous is your system?” They go on to explain that they have a beautiful water view (that they have invariably paid a lot of money for) and don’t want it compromised by an unsightly dry docking system.
I was reminded of this when we recently installed a FAB Dock under Peter’s beautiful Cruise Craft Executive and I was trying to get a photo of the FAB Dock to add to our collection. Without having to borrow the neighbours canoe or go swimming with the bull sharks, I just couldn’t get a decent photo of our product. But that is the point, your FAB Dock does its job quietly and effortlessly without you hardly noticing that it is even there. Great for our customers, but a little harder for us to sell them when people can’t even see them. Lucky all our customers tell their friends and neighbours how great it is.
There was definitely no sunshine for our latest installation in Noosa recently. In fact, it was raining that hard that we had to plug the pump in to empty the Fab Dock before we even put it in the water. So a very big thank you for Jeff for donning his raincoat and helping me put his FAB Dock together, get it in the water and drive his boat in.
It was a great result, with another perfect fit and the rain stopping long enough for us to make sure that the FAB Dock emptied out completely leaving his boat dry. Well, at least dry on the bottom. As his poor bilge pump in his boat was having to work so hard to pump out all the rain that it died. And his wife makes the best Quesadillas I have ever tasted. I will be back for more.
After many, many months of designing, prototyping and trialling, we finally delivered the first ever FAB Dock for a shaft drive vessel. The issue was to remain true to our values of the best fitting dry dock available, to minimise required space and the amount of water to be evacuated, yet be 100% certain that it would function in all conditions. And we are very pleased to announce that we achieved both goals.
So if you are passing by Horizon Shores Marina, proud owner Gary, will be more than happy to show off his new FAB Dock and explain the benefits to you personally. By the way, thanks for your patience, Gary.
Les has just taken over the mantle from his son, Mark, as the owner of the largest FAB Dock to be made to date. With much help from the Riviera design team and a very friendly Riviera customer here on the Gold Coast (thanks Wayne), we went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our largest ever FAB Dock would fit like a glove. And the results speak for themselves, with all 43 feet of the waterline plus the swim platform fitting comfortably inside its new protective housing. And now Les’ beautiful Riv will look as clean underneath the water as it does above it.
Who could have asked for a better weekend? The blue skies turned the water to a tropical aqua colour (unfortunately not a tropical temperature though), the locals are unbelievably friendly and the crayfish are to die for. My most sincerest thank you goes out to Deane and his wife Prue for their hospitality and generosity and for showing me what boating is like in the real ocean (we get a little soft up here in the Gold Coast Broadwater).
And I must apologise to Alan for making him race back from Melbourne, where he was enjoying centre court seats at the Australian Tennis Open, straight into the hot seat of a demonstration of how to get in and out of a FAB Dock in front of a dozen of his friends, when he had never even seen one in the flesh before. A great job was done and we expect to fill the marina with FAB Docks before the year is out. Thanks.
Gary has to have the busiest pontoon that I have ever seen. With a tinny on a hoist on one side, a drive-on jet ski dock on the other side, two canoes in racks on each side of the walkway, a 38 foot Riviera in an old dry dock system and now his offshore fishing boat in a brand new FAB Dock.
The only complaint that Gary had was that we weren’t around a year ago so that we could have saved him nearly $20 000 on dry docking his Riv.
Each Fab Dock is tailored made for each boat to make berthing easier, hold the boat more secure and minimise the amount of water to pump out.
Each Fab Dock arrives in its own sturdy carry bag in case you ever want to move or sell your boat in the future.
With his son enjoying an overseas holiday for Christmas, Les took delivery of the first FAB Dock to be installed in Gladstone.
I have heard many stories about just how bad sea growth is in various marinas and rivers around the country, but Gladstone has to take the cake. You can just watch the stuff growing on your boat.
And with an extremely shallow draft and a tricky crosswind, Les was also very appreciative of the ability of the FAB Dock to make berthing so much easier. He can hardly wait for his own one to arrive in a few weeks time.
The rain stayed away just long enough for us to install the latest two FAB Docks without getting drenched during a typical Queensland summers day. Tony can now easily berth his Bayliner in his new FAB Dock instead of having to winch it precariously onto his pontoon and Greg doesn’t have to fight the boat ramp traffic to launch and retrieve his Mariah whenever he and his wife wish to cruise the Broadwater. This means that a quick trip out around the canals to check out the Christmas lights, is exactly that – a quick trip.
Oh, and if you see his Miss Sippy pontoon boat patrolling the Broadwater this summer, get him to pull over, buy an icecream and tell him you saw his boat on the FAB Dock website.
We have just completed delivery of our first FAB Dock in Victoria. Graham took delivery of his FAB Dock for his immaculately presented 8.3 metre Stabi Craft. Of all the amazing options, accessories and personalised items that Graham has managed to build into his boat; it is the “loo with a view” that took the cake. As Graham and his wife are in the enviable position as being able to spend much of the winter months living on their boat in either the Whitsundays or Cairns, his morning view over the Coral Sea and reef is one of a kind.
As many companies have supported us in our first year of operations we thought we would repay the favour and show our support for the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo. It was a great weekend with lots of activities to keep everyone amused and the weather was definitely conducive to boating.
We showcased our first Urethane Alloy FAB Dock thanks to the generosity of Jim and Judy Micallef in lending us their beautiful 230 Four Winns Bowrider. There were lots of people who saw a FAB Dock for the first time but there were also a number of people who had witnessed our launch at the Sanctuary Cove show earlier in the year and commented how different it now looked. It is amazing how much you can actually change on such a simple product and how quickly you learn what needs changing when real customers start using them. We have worked around the clock for the past few months making sure that every minute detail on our FAB Dock is absolutely perfect and bullet proof and are now well on track to achieving our goal of being the number one dry docking system in the world within twelve months of our launch.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our ‘early adopter’ clients for showing faith in our product, company and service and we promise to look after you like you are family.
See you at the next show.