If you havn’t been to Robe in South Australia, put it on your must do list. This is one of our favourite towns in all of Australia. It is one of the hidden gems that only the locals know about. Well, at least until lately. Having never had to book a room in town before, we found ourselves trying to work out how we could rearrange the three FAB Docks in the back of our van so that we could sleep in there as well, before we found the last remaining room in the Caledonian Inn. A hotel long on history (first licensed in 1858) but short on door height.
And with more boats pleasure boats in FAB Docks than not, it is easy to see why we come here so often. Yes that is 7 boats all protected by FAB Docks!
And when the locals insist on taking you out boating, it is not the relaxing, lazy drinking and eating journey that we enjoy up here on the Gold Coast. It is serious work in the unprotected Southern Ocean. Next stop; Antarctica.
But it is all worthwhile when you have a successful morning pulling up the pots.
And the rewards are enjoyed well into the night.
And no trip to South Australia is complete without a stop in to a winery or two. But not even my namesake could get me any discounts or favours here.
And for those that know Dean, no meal is complete without desert, or a milkshake. So why not have both.
For decades, the battery of choice for all marine vessels has been the lead acid type. This will eventually change to other types such as lithium ion as technology drives the price down. However, for the foreseeable future, boat owners will be stuck with the downsides of the tried and true lead acid type.
Picture the scene: you’ve just returned from a glorious Saturday’s boating off your local coastline. The tide is out and the water line is way too low for you to be able to dock your boat to the pier. Floating docks in Australia have become a big part of modern boating life, because they are the best, easiest and safest solution to this problem as well as many other many challenges involved in owning a marine vessel.
FAB Dock is based on the Gold Coast, where more than 200km of waterways have made the South-East Queensland location one of Australia’s most popular boating destinations. In an area this large, the speed with which you can assemble and reposition our inflatable floating docks has been a game-changer, allowing boatowners to focus on the fun element of boating – to enjoy more time navigating the city’s canals and seaways.
FAB Dock founder and CEO Dean Howard has one of the most gratifying jobs in the world, being able to give all his customers the “peace of mind” of knowing their boating investment is safer with our marine dock system.
One of the most common phrases I hear from our FAB Dock customers all over the world is the peace of mind they now have, seeing their boats are safely tucked away and no longer exposed to the ravages of the saltwater environment. Their vessel stays clean and dry inside their FAB Dock marine dock system, until they venture out next time to enjoy their boat.
I feel exactly the same way. Without seeming too biased, I could never own a boat again knowing I had to keep it in saltwater, particularly a stern drive.
After another great weekend on our boat with my wife, we washed her, flushed her (the boat, not the wife), covered her up and now I am off for another few weeks in the United States to attend various boat shows [see our article on The Docks Expo in Nashville].
I’ll also meet with other dealers and install more FAB Dock marine dock systems, this time in Florida as the knowledge of how amazing our product is spreading rapidly overseas. All this time I’m away, I’ll be happy in the knowledge that my boat will be as clean and dry when I get home as it was the day that I left her.
If you value your boat and your time spent enjoying it, consider what that’s worth to you then include the value of our in-water marine dock system and you know it’s the right investment for you.
Dean Howard, FAB Dock founder & CEO
The FAB Dock team was thrilled to be representing the brand in the United States at The Docks Expo in Nashville in early December last year. The American trade show was a huge success for FAB Dock, with our founder and CEO Dean Howard showcasing our dry docks for sale, while mixing with top-tier marina executives and other high-profile industry representatives to show them just what our revolutionary product can do.
We wanted to shout out a big “thank you” to the organisers of the recent Docks Expo as it was clear what a huge extravaganza the trade show was to pull off. With more than 100 marina-focussed exhibitors, Dean says, “It was a fantastic show with dozens of great contacts from both marina owners and managers, as well as fellow marine professionals.”
Uh oh. You know you’re in trouble when one (or more…) of these things happens:
If you have an aluminium or steel boat:
- Blisters start appearing under your paint
- Pits form on the underwater areas of your boat
- Blisters pop up in lines along sharp edges such as chines and keels
- Corrosion appears, or white calcium deposits
- Paint peels off in sheets
- Metal components literally dissolve – sometimes in days.
Annapolis Boat Show 2019 – FAB Dock proves why an Inflatable dry dock will be the best investment you ever make!
We all know that FAB Docks will keep your boat clean and dry and eliminate the need to apply toxic, poisonous antifoul, but a FAB Dock will also protect your boat in other important ways. All of our customers have found how easy a FAB Dock makes berthing their boat because of the 300mm (12 inch) tubes that they have to bounce their boats into. Well, those big bouncy bumpers also protect your boat should a storm whip up in your local area.
The scourge of seafarers everywhere, barnacles can seriously affect the performance, resale value and appearance of your marine vessel. Faced with this prospect, boatowners have consistently turned to antifouling solutions as a method for keeping pesky sea growth at bay but this, too, comes with its own host of issues. So is this common coating really that bad and, if so, what are the antifoul alternatives available to those heading out on the high seas?