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.
Case in point: we recently exhibited at the Annapolis Boat Show (for the second time as we love both the show and the town) and we teamed up with a Annapolis Boat Sales to showcase one of their Key West boats in a FAB Dock. We were positioned on the outside dock at the show which was deemed the Demo Dock so that people could take these boats for test rides all day. Being the outside dock, it was also the most exposed should a north-westerly storm blow up. Which, being our luck at boat shows, it was always going to do. So on cue, a rather large storm blew in on Saturday night.
All the local people knew to remove their boats from the dock and go and hide them somewhere safer for the night, including a couple of big RIBS and other large boats and catamarans. Those out-of-towners who were already enjoying the local hospitality and had left their brand new vessels to the forces of mother nature were left to rue their decisions the next morning. It was not only a hangover that they were nursing, but thousands of dollars worth of damage. Which would have been much worse had the show organisers not managed to find our coil of rope on our stand with which to at least try and hold the remaining boats in place. Even the marina walkways did not escape unscathed with a pedestrian detour in place until one section was repaired and reattached.
The only boat that remained all night and was unscathed in the morning was the little Key West that was safely tucked away in its FAB Dock all night. We arrived the next morning (not nursing too bad a hangover) to find it and the FAB Dock safe and sound and still dry. We just wish we had a video camera running all night to film the surrounding carnage and the performance of our FAB Dock.
The whole team here at FAB Dock wish to offer a very warm welcome to Mohamed Ahmadi and Yousef Mohseni who have recently joined our expanding family as agents for the Middle East region.
Having already gained a number of world renowned brands under their marine business umbrella, they were excited to add FAB Dock to complement these lines.
The first step was to install a FAB Dock under their Ski Nautique G25 which is one of the other brands that they represent and that they also use for their wakeboarding school; the first of its kind in Bahrain. And Yousef didn’t shirk his responsibilities on his first assignment, helping me for a few hours with the installation in the middle of a 45 degree celsius day.
And for those that have never experienced the delights and culture of Bahrain, take my advice, and make it a priority. It is truly a crossroads of the world’s cultures, with some of the most hospitable and welcoming people that I have ever met, with Mohamed and Yousef at the top of the list. I would love to describe in detail just how amazing Mohamed’s family is and just how spectacular the palace that his father has built is, but that is another whole story right there, except to say that his father is one of the most amazing and fascinating men I have ever met in all my worldwide travels.
I am already looking forward to my next visit to the region to help install our first batch of FAB Docks and spread the FAB Dock brand throughout the other Gulf Countries.
All the very best guys.