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Brenda and Doug Dawson (5th generation industry professional) have combined their lifetimes of boating experience, expertise and knowledge in their publications and articles. They are dedicated to helping new boaters and seasoned boaters, both power and sail, around the world put the "ING" in BoatING.

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Doug and Brenda enjoy living and boating in Meaford, Ontario, Canada. See more Meaford Videos.


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 Brenda, Nice job by you and Doug, I really like your common sense approach to handling a boat with easy time for the first mate. Thanks again.

Bill, "a fan", MD


Brenda, I want to thank Doug for his docking lessons.
I looked on You Tube and endlessly on the internet. Doug's lesson is the only one that worked.
Two weekday mornings out with the lessons made a HUGE difference. There is such a difference in my docking abilities with my twin inboard, that other newbies are already asking for my advice. I can't wait to see the results after 6 months of real practice. I would be honored for you to use my comments. Thanks again.

Don Grantham, Argyle TX


The only mistake I made in buying books about boating was not to get yours first. It would have saved me about $75.00 in other books that aren't half as informative as yours. Your book has helped me in understanding the correct way to bring a boat into a slip.

Arnold Mackey

It is now autumn in Wisconsin, and although we may have a few boating days left, the season is just about over. Last year at this time, before my wife and I had received and studied your book on docking our single sterndrive, we were ready to sell our 25 foot Four Winns just so we would stop yelling at each other on the dock!

By practicing the methods in your book, we have turned around our boating experience. This summer was the most enjoyable we have ever had on our boat. Because your methods enabled us to remove the fear and frustration of launching and docking. we were able to finally relax and enjoy the boat and the satisfaction that comes from working together as captain and first mate.

We are not perfect yet, but your methods worked from the first time we tried them, and as a result, we continue to gain confidence. This has allowed us to take our boat places that we were afraid to go before.Thank you so very much for what you have done for us.

Tony and Linda Gischia
Door County, Wisconsin


"I dock my boat in an area with very strong currents and shifting winds. While I am getting better  at operating my boat with practice after reading the introductory docking e-lesson, I am looking forward to learning more boat docking information from the advanced docking e-lesson.

Hope I didn't bore you, but wanted to say thanks and let you know that what you are doing is saving not only boats, but also lives.

Keep up the good work! Boating knowledge allows you to live and fish another day and to come home safely to your loved ones.

Your work is important! Thanks again and tight lines."

Bill Pollok, VA


lee-bertouche"An absolute five-star 'must read' for all boaters, seasoned or new , power or sail , big or small. Although my captain and I boated for 23 years aboard a 46 foot power boat, and occassionally 'switched hats'.

I wish this book had been published then.

'First Mate 101' is full of critical reminders, helpful new hints, practical suggestions and workable solutions... all offered up with humour, wisdom and incite."

Lee Bertouche, The LesLee III, ON


"In an industry where there are too many self proclaimed experts, Doug is truly the consummate professional. His incredible depth of industry knowledge... has been a wonderful resource for me. His books have a wealth of information for new boaters learning to boat with tons of boat information on the basics as well as operating a boat and docking a boat.

He is a man with great personal integrity and I am proud to consider him a ... valued business associate.”

George Ward, Ward Yacht Sales, ON


bill-taylor"Doug has been my senior boat tester since the mid 80's. Two of his strongest characteristics are his honesty and integrity and ... I can't believe how much knowledge Doug has about boats... I highly recommend all boat buyers read his new book..."

Bill Taylor Publisher, Power Boating Canada Magazine



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