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.
A big thank you to both Tradeaboat and Club Marine for helping to get our product and brand established in the Australian marine market. The response has been overwhelming and we are doing our best to answer all the enquiries and get all your FAB Docks measured, produced and installed.
Look out for future stories and notices in these magazines and other reputable marine publications.
We went through many different variations throughout the prototyping (or trial and error) stage, but in between models we either paid to store the boat on land or we made sure the next prototype was ready to install.
However, during one of these transition periods we did neither and left our unprotected boat to the mercy of the ocean. In less than four weeks our pristine hull went from the condition seen above, to the one below:
I get lots of questions about just how dry does the FAB Dock keep my boat. I could go on and on about the months we spent designing and testing and prototyping numerous ideas and models before we arrived at the perfect solution, or I could show you in a simple picture.
This is the transom of our boat showing the leg and tilt ram on the left with the transducer to the right of it. Not a puddle, pool or drop of water to be seen.
Our boat, which doesn’t have anti-foul on it, has now been living in various prototype versions of a FAB Dock for over a year and when we pulled it out a few weeks ago, was as clean as the day we put it in.
A very big thank you to everyone that came down to visit us at the show for our international launch of our FAB Dock dry docking system.
It is always a nervous moment when you finally release a product that you have spent nearly a year and a half working on. Will our potential customers think it is as good as we think it is? Have we thought of all the possible scenarios? What could possibly go wrong? Are we on the money? And a multitude of other doubting questions. But we were rewarded with a resounding thumbs up with the only negative comment coming from our competitors (understandable and expected, in fact would have been disappointed if they hadn’t).
The biggest thing to come out of the show was the overwhelming response to customers willing to pay the extra premium for the upgraded material in order to gain the 5 year warranty. This did catch us by surprise a little bit and hence we now have to quickly work to readjust our supply and manufacturing processes to reflect this customer demand.
So we ask these customers to be patient for a little while while we work to be to able to fill their orders.
Watch this space for future updates.
PS: A very big thank you to Captain Carl and his Crew on the Masteka 2 for all their assistance during the setup for the show and while the show was underway (and not driving over our little boat on your way back in after the auction). We wish you all a safe passage where ever in the world you are heading.
What a fantastic response! If you haven’t already had a chance to come down and visit the stand at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show make sure you do. The team from FAB Dock would love to show you the easiest and most cost effective way of dry docking your boat leaving anti-fouling as a thing of the past. If you can’t make it to the show call 1300 FABDOCK 1 300 322 3265 for your free quote.
We are off to the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show to set up our stand and join hundreds of other exhibitors displaying all things boating. We hope to see you all there so that you can be one of the first to see our international launch of FAB Dock. Come and see us down on the water at C9. We would love to talk to you about how FAB Dock can save you money.