Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Fab Dock to Appeal Loss

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Fab Dock to Appeal Loss

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Byline: Campbell Gellie

How it happened

June 5, 2012 - Brad Smith pays $5250 to have Fab Dock installed

June 19, 2012 - Electrical pump connection is replaced by manufacturer after a fault

June 20, 2012 - Air pump fails

July 5, 2012 - Brad Smith pays the remaining $5250 of the purchase price

End of 2012 - Manufacturer replaces the air pump

July 2013 - Starboard and rear floats start to deflate

September/October 2012 - Dean Howard inspects the Fab Dock but disputes he said he'd be back to fix the problem

November/December 2013 - Leak worsenes; water is breaching the Fabdock

July 12, 2014 - Brad Smith accidentally puts a hole in it trying to fix the leak

July 19, 2014 - Brad Smith emails Dean Howard telling him he put a hole in the Fab Dock trying to fix it following Dean Howard's advice.

July 26, 2014 - Dean Howard tells Brad Smith to patch the hole; he does.

July-December 2014 - Brad Smith continues to call Dean Howard to find out when the ongoing leak will be fixed.

December 2014 - Brad Smith tells Dean Howard he needs the Fabdock repaired because the marina is threatening to charge him for two berths.

December 17, 2014 - Brad Smith sends a follow up email and and threatens Dean Howard with further action

January 9, 2015 - Further action is taken as Brad Smith lodges a claim with the Queensland Civil and Admiistrative Tribunal

A LEGAL battle between a boat owner and the manufacturers of a dry docking product, Fab Dock, looks like it isn't over yet.

Boat owner Brad Smith felt he had won a small victory for consumers when Gladstone Magistrate Penelope Hay sided with him in a case against Fab Dock owner Dean Howard --- but Mr Howard plans to appeal the decision, claiming it sets a "horrible precedent". …

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