How to DOCK a Boat

 

Docking is a learned skill that is duplicatable with the correct instructions.
Dawson's lessons are all about simplifying docking and First Mate safety
with tips and tricks that replace the fear and frustration with fun.

Without Instructions for Your Specific Boat Drive, You're Doomed to Frustration...

Each Drive System Has it's Own Set of Tricks and
it's Own Set of Docking Instructions

Each e-Lesson gives you a great return with minimal investment--  no waiting, no shipping charge, just download.
Learn how to dock a boat like a pro.

Choose the Docking e-Lesson that Matches Your Drive System...




Single Outboard (O/B)

     
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Introductory e-Lesson

 

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Introductory Video

 

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Advanced e-Lesson

 

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Twin Outboard (O/B)

     
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Introductory e-Lesson

 

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Introductory Video

 

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Advanced e-Lesson

 

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Single Sterndrive (I/O)

 
   
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Introductory e-Lesson

 

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Introductory Video

 

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Advanced e-Lesson

 

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Twin Sterndrive (I/O)

     
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Introductory e-Lesson

 

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Introductory Video

 

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Advanced e-Lesson

 

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Single Inboard (I/B)

     
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Introductory e-Lesson

 

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Introductory Video

 

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Advanced e-Lesson

 

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Twin Inboard (I/B) Lesson

     
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Introductory e-Lesson

 

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Introductory Video

 

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Advanced e-Lesson

 

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Houseboat Docking     -   More info on Houseboat Docking

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Houseboat e-Lesson
     Single Outboard (O/B)
     Single Sterndrive (I/O)

 

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Houseboat e-Lesson
     Single Inboard (I/B)

 

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Houseboat e-Lesson
     Twin  Outboard
O/B
     Twin Sterndrive (I/O)

 

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Houseboat e-Lesson
     Twin Inboard (I/B)

 

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Pontoon Docking

     
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Pontoon Docking e-Lesson

 

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Docking While Cruising

 

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Sailboat Docking

         
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Docking Sailboat e-Lesson

 

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Basic Sailing and Handling Skills e-Lesson

 

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Basic Sailing and Handling Skills printed

 

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 "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 boat basics and correct way to bring a boat into a slip."

Arnold Mackey, California

"You will find that boating provides a wonderful relaxing experience that strengthens relationships, builds character, extends lives, or you just aren't doing it right.

The means to further enhancing your boating experience involves, in addition to more power, the reduction of risk and elimination of anxiety.

I have found this best accomplished through knowledge gleaned from appropriate training and experiences for someone who has the boat information.

My family and I have found Doug and Brenda Dawson’s eLesson an indispensable resource. Whether a novice, or seasoned boater, you will benefit from the Dawsons’ expertise."

Stephen Pollock P.Eng., ON

I want to thank you for a book that finally made sense! Everything else on the internet was either for sailing vessels, twin screw or for a single screw with a rudder! You have made our boating experience with our new boat completely relaxed with no stress and we hit the slip every time on our first attempt using your instructions.

Thanks again!! I will be telling everyone to pick up your books and tips!

Tamara McAllister, ON

Don't Do What Doesn't Work

Many instructions for handling and operating your boat are regurgitated outdated instructions from the original instructions written in the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. However, power boats have changed drastically since then and no one else has updated the instructions required for the new power boats. Don't do what doesn't work!

This lesson is different than any other docking lesson. Your single inboard is different. So, forget what you have learned from your Outboard or Sterndrive boat, Or what your buddy told you--even if he has a single inboard. Follow the instructions in this lesson with an open mind and you will find that it really works and works well. You will have the correct techniques to dock like a pro.

Most instructions don't include securing your boat to the dock during the docking procedure!

Our Definition of Docking your Boat is.......

Confidently and safely bringing your boat into your slip or alongside your dock AND securing it to the dock in any conditions without yelling, swearing, jumping, boat hooks, bionics, dock helpers, guesswork or embarrassment.

Each e-Lesson.....

 Boat Docking with Doug Dawsonwill walk you through the step-by-step procedure of bringing your boat alongside the dock with the boat basics for the new boater who is just learning to boat as well as a better way for some seasoned boaters. Learning to operate and dock a boat is easy when you learn the correct procedures.

Like an invisible driving instructor, Doug will patiently whisper in your ear (no one in the marina will see him coaching you). Simply print it out and re-read the docking e-lesson as many times as you require, to learn how to confidently dock your boat like a pro.

It's easy to pay $100 per hour or more for lessons. No more! With Doug’s e-lessons you will be docking your boat like a pro every time for a fraction of the price.

With tricks tailored to every type of drive system, even boaters who think they can dock their boats will be able to put on a show and look like a pro!

You and your First Mate can dock your boat like a professional team every time, and be the envy of your boating friends. Be sure to share the e-lesson with your First Mate and you'll both be on the same page! No yelling! No jumping! No swearing! No injuries!

When you follow the instructions in the e-Lessons, you too will be docking a boat like a pro..even in close quarters and tight maneuvering.

Doug Has Docked Them ALL

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Power, sail, performance, trawler, motor yacht, housecruiser, whatever...Doug Dawson has operated and docked every type of boat and every drive system afloat. Doug was born into the family marina, 5th generation in the boating industry. He has a wealth of boating information for new boaters learning to boat. Among Doug's many boating credentials are: featured writer/reviewer for National Boating Magazines, past President of the Ontario Marine Operator's Association, founder of the first Boat MLS and author of the original Boat Value Book.

The Authority

"The recognized docking authority", Doug has published instructions for recreational boaters, for each drive system. Introductory and Advanced e-Lessons, with step-by-step instructions for docking a boat in hundreds of docking scenerios, are instantly accessible world-wide in downloadable pdf format to help boaters learn how to dock a boat.

Dawson's e-Lessons are not books

They are a series of step-by-step lessons -- with NO hourly rate.

written by the recognized qualified industry 5th Generation docking expert.

Docking a Boat is Easy when you know how.

Go to Introductory e-Lessons, or Advanced e-Lessons
for specific instructions on How to Dock a Boat

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My wife and I just returned from the New York Boat Show. We went there fully armed with your Buy With Confidence Book and Reports.
Before going to the show we decided not to go for anything larger than 25 feet -- again with the help of your book -- therefore we eliminated the 27 foot we were looking at. We also looked at another new 25 footer before the show and eliminated that too...the new design really ruins the cockpit as far as we're concerned, and the entry into the mid/aft cabin is now so tight only a child can get in there as far as we're concerned.
Anyway, it took us 1.5 days to go through all the other 25' Express Cruisers at the show. We short-listed down to four 25'ers.
After getting initial price markers, we decided it was worth the extra money (approx. $10K) to go with the top quality boats.
Then we got down to brass tacks between the last two. We really liked both boats, and each had some nice, unique features/benefits the other did not have. We didn't have time to go through every point in your Inspect It Yourself Report in check-off list fashion, but we did keep as many items in mind as possible when looking at the boats.
We were down to the wire deciding between the two. Then we remembered one of your key points about going through the windshield pass through, onto the foredeck, and walking over to the bow cleats and anchor. And that's when we discovered a fatal flaw in our choice #1. Just forward of the pass through is a really nice foam cushion. Great for sunbathing but not a great non-skid surface to walk upon. On each side of the cushion was a sloping, triangular shaped piece of Plexiglas surrounded by smooth fibreglass. Again, a great feature for adding light to the cabin but again, no safe place to walk. Overall, the foredeck slanted down towards the bow rather steeply. Just sitting stationary at the boat show, we felt totally unsafe walking around the bow. We could only imagine what it would be like trying to get up there on a rough, windy, wet day! The salesman -- in this case the owner of the dealership -- tried to convince us that this was not important. He said we could get by docking by using the midships and aft cleats, and then tie onto the bow cleat from the dock. Ha! (And what about anchoring???) He also pointed out the 2" wide non skid "walkway" underneath the bow rails. (A toddler just might be able to walk along this, carefully placing one foot directly ahead of the other foot...) If we had purchased this boat, an otherwise fantastic boat, we would have found out very quickly that we had made a major mistake!
We went back to look at choice #2 and its foredeck was completely non-skid, much less steep, with easy and safe access to the entire bow area. So we bought it and we are very pleased with our decision.
But if it had not been for your expert guidance, we likely would have opted for choice #1 and this would have been a major error for us! So many thanks for the assistance. The money we paid for your book and reports was a very wise investment!
So now we want to go ahead and order your wife's book, I think it's titled "First Mate 101." Please send me ordering instructions."

Irwin D. Nathanson, New York

 

I bought your books and used them, I learned a lot. I did all the steps as you said, even the trial sail.

Everything went well, but it all took a long time. I rented a slip where I live, got insurance, borrowed from the credit union, paid 50% cash, and everything went well. Had a professional Marine Surveyor --very good man. I thank you for your knowledge and advice.

Jim, SC

 

"Thank you for the e-lesson on boat tying. I have printed it off for reading and re-reading. I enjoyed Doug's talk about tips on buying a boat at the seminar in Port Credit.
My secret is that I'm actually at the stage just now where I'm both buying a new sailboat and selling (trying to) my present sailboat. With any luck over the next few months, I'll experience the two greatest thrills on a boater's life: the day he buys his boat and the day he sells his boat! I bet you've heard those lines before.
Getting Doug's tips on buying, therefore, had a double value for me."

Bruce, ON

You will find that boating provides a wonderful relaxing experience that strengthens relationships, builds character, extends lives, or you just aren't doing it right.

 

The means to further enhancing your boating experience involves, in addition to more power, the reduction of risk and elimination of anxiety.

 

I have found this best accomplished through knowledge gleaned from appropriate training and experiences.  

My family and I have found Doug and Brenda Dawson’s eLesson an indispensable resource. Whether a novice, or seasoned boater, you will benefit from the Dawsons’ expertise.

Stephen Pollock P.Eng.

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