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confused-question4If your driving instructor told you that you may not be able to stop your car at the light every time, or that you couldn't predict the turning circle when you turn at a intersection, or that the same instructions are suitable for a small sports car and a transport truck, would you take lessons from him? Imagine the chaos!

If your docking instructor told you that you can't always dock your boat the way you want to or that the same instructions are suitable for a bowrider and a motor yacht, or all twin I/O's and T I/B's handle the same way, or that nobody has it figured out yet, or to secure the bow line first when docking or can't dock your boat with ease, would you take lessons from him? Imagine the chaos!

The fact is...

Cars do stop when you apply the brakes. They do turn in a predictable path and you are expected to be able to handle your car in a predictable way; otherwise chaos would result.

Boats Can be Handled with Predictable Results

Boats can and should be handled with predictable results the same as cars, planes, construction equipment, etc. etc. You should be able to handle and dock your boat knowing how it responds to the wheel, shift(s) and throttle(s).

Many boat docking lessons and instructors teach old methods that don't apply to today's boats and think that one instruction fits all boats. See Why Docking a Power Boat is so Difficult.

Our Docking Lessons are different.

They are written for today's boats and THEY WORK. They teach you how to make your boat respond the way you want it to, with predictable results—different instructions compiled for each drive system. Be wary of instructors who lump all twins into the same lesson. Handling, maneuvering and docking twin I/B's is VERY different than handling and docking Twin I/O's.

Once you learn how, docking is easy.

How do we know our lessons work? We get hundreds of unsolicited totally different emails from boaters who have learned and practiced how to confidently dock their boats with our e-Lessons.

They are amazed at how well our techniques work and how much more fun boating is when they don't fear coming back to the dock.

 

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I would like to know your tips for mooring a powerboat<br /><br />Thanks a lot.<br />Best regards<br />Sony

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Juan, <br />Mooring is covered in each of the docking lessons, whether you are tying to a dock or whether you are picking up a mooring ball. Each lesson is specific to a drive system. Pick the right one at http://www.boatingwithdawsons.com/boat-do...

Juan, <br />Mooring is covered in each of the docking lessons, whether you are tying to a dock or whether you are picking up a mooring ball. Each lesson is specific to a drive system. Pick the right one at http://www.boatingwithdawsons.com/boat-docking-lesson-how-to-docking-a-boat.html<;br />Once docked or moored, you need to tie the boat appropriately for the situation. See Tying Your Power Boat at http://www.boatingwithdawsons.com/elessons/tying-power-boat.html

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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 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, 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.  

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.

I dock my boat in an area with very strong currents and shifting winds. While I am getting better with practice after reading the introductory Docking e-Lesson, I am looking forward to learning more 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

The information you have given me is exactly the kind of thing I need. That 'stand backwards' trick is priceless by itself! I truly appreciate the information. I can't wait to get out on the water and work on it. I'm sure it'll make an amazing difference.

 That one little tidbit, though I've not even tried it out yet, will undoubtedly save me lots of aggravation, lots of discomfort, and lead to a far safer, more controlled, more predictable, and more successful set of docking procedures. The rest of the information you've given me is gravy.

Again, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to help me.

Bill R, SC