London Boat Show preview: DrySail™by VersaDock targets the sports and sail boat sector

Preview News | International launch: Monday 14th January 2013

Stand: E140 | Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

The clue is in the name.

DrySail™ by VersaDock has been designed and engineered specifically for the modern-day lifting keelboat market; a revolutionary system that ensures the boat is kept, and can be maintained, 100% out of the water.  This innovative system is built on the proven VersaDock Drive-on Docking System. There’s more detail about this at http://www.versadock.com.

As with every VersaDock product, the DrySail™ System is designed to address the needs of boat owners and, in this case, more specifically to users of sports boats and smaller, lighter, lifting keel sailing boats up to a maximum of 1,500kgs (including any crew on board). DrySail™ also offers a range of practical and cost-effective benefits to marinas, yacht clubs and sailing centres that need to accommodate, dock and launch individual boats or an entire fleet of racing boats quickly, easily and securely.

Not giving the game away until our launch but this is a DrySail™ dock in action with a J/70 sportsboat in place.

Not giving the game away until our launch but this is a DrySail™ dock in action with a J/70 sportsboat in place.

Speed is of the essence

It takes under two minutes to dock a boat onto the DrySail™ System and a mere 30 seconds to re-launch it from the docked position and the entire manoeuvre can be operated by one person when using the electric winch option.

DrySail™ provides a safe and stable platform for cleaning and the upkeep of boats whilst maintaining a clean hull for optimum speed and efficiency without anti-fouling.

The universal roller system can be easily adjusted or adapted to suit individual models and it can even be used in tidal locations as it dries out even with a boat docked on it.

A simple and convenient solution

One of the great advantages when using this system is that there’s no need to book ahead to a marina or get stuck in a queue for the crane to be lifted out after racing. The beauty of the DrySail™ is that it can be configured as an interlocking island structure or attached to a pontoon. The skipper or crew doesn’t need to worry about the boat; either way it is convenient and a massive time-saver. You finish racing, you dock the boat.

Developing a product specifically for the consumer sailboat market is an exciting move for VersaDock, a company headquartered in the UK and already established as a world leader in modular floating pontoons and docking systems used by private, commercial, government and military customers.

The DrySail™ System being launched at the London Boat Show, shows it in use with the high-octane J/70 sports boat, also being exhibited at the London Boat Show however, it will also suit, for example, other sports boat designs such as the SB20 and the B/One by Bavaria.

The London Boat Show model displayed on the Key Yachting stand #G145 (just around the corner from VersaDock) shows the J/70 parked on a DrySail™ dock.

The next stop for VersaDock after London is Boot Dusseldorf (19-27 Jan) where the company and DrySail™ is represented as part of the BMF UK brand showcase in Hall 11.

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