Forget hoisting, boosting and skidding your boat above the waterline. The low-profile Fab Dock lets it stay right where it is, effectively pushing the water away from the hull by surrounding it from below with an inflatable PVC or polyurethane collar and polyurethane alloy floor. Think rubber raft or inflatable kiddie pool. That inflatable collar surrounds your boat and protects it from dock damage. Bilge pumps pump the Fab Dock dry when the boat is in position and work to continually keep things that way while the boat is not in use. It’s kind of like your own personal dry dock, except this one is portable and positioned right at your dock or slip. Move to a new spot and the Fab Dock rolls up and goes with you.
Assembly is minimal. Simply unroll, slide into the water and inflate. The back half of the collar is a separate, weighted chamber; when deflated, the weight causes it to sink far enough below the surface to effectively open the door for entry. Just get the bow into the opening between the port and starboard tubes, and the hull is guided into position. Once in place, that back gate is then inflated with a portable electric pump attached to the boat battery, a solar panel or shore power, completing the full wraparound collar and surrounding your boat. Water left within is emptied in about 30 to 45 minutes by submersible pumps, located within a housing on the floor. An electronic sensor turns the pumps on should water enter the Fab Dock via rain or waves.
Each Fab Dock is custom manufactured to fit the hull almost like a glove, taking into account more than 25 data points that compensate for individual running gear. In some cases, pockets may be incorporated into the durable polyurethane alloy floor; areas subject to added stress are reinforced with pure polyurethane. It’s tough stuff. According to the manufacturer, it can take a stab from a combat knife.
Max LOA: N/A
Max Weight: N/A
Min. Depth: 1'
DIY Install: Yes
Key Features: Custom-made for any size boat, PVC or polyurethane tubing and flooring, no metal or moving parts
Dr. Dockwise says: The custom design process takes about four weeks from the time of order.