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Doug and Brenda Dawson boating on georgian bay

Every couple of weeks, Doug and Brenda write seasonal articles informing boaters of new products, regulations, checklists of things to do for summerizing and winterizing, and covering topics like canvas, head, holding tank, cleaners, upholstery, teak, ropes and numerous other boating activities.

Here you will pick up tips and tricks to help make your boating easier and more enjoyable.

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Bucket Lists come in all shapes and sizes with everything under the sun on the list.

We have simplified it for boaters, challenging them to become the best boaters they can be.

Check off each item on the Boater's Bucket List and your accomplishments will be HUGE! 

You will be the boat docking Pro you always wanted to be.


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My dad taught me very valuable lessons and gave me excellent advice when I was a young boy. I didn't realize just how valuable they were until I grew up in the marine industry and witnessed so many boaters who would benefit greatly from what my Father taught me.

As a result,

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cleathitch12Boating is a lot easier, safer and you look like you know what you're doing, when you and your crew know how to tie and use just a few knots.

One knot in particular is most important when docking. When you and your crew know how to tie this one knot, it takes the fear out of docking and simplifies the docking procedure.

It makes the difference between a great versus a potentially disastrous docking.


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twin outboard fDocking a Twin Outboard (O/B)

Docking a Single Outboard (O/B)

Both new videos show you how smoothly you and your First Mate will be able to dock your boat, after studying and practicing the techniques in Dawson’s Docking E-Lessons.

Docking is a team sport, so it is important for everyone to be “on the same team” working together in the same new and improved docking procedure. No need for yelling, swearing, jumping, boat hooks, bionics, dock helpers, guesswork or embarrassment!

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ring buoyThere is no better time to Save a First Mate than today

—unless of course, your Mother is a First Mate.

Then what better time to save a First Mate than Mother’s Day?

Give Mother a gift on Mother’s Day to keep her safe!

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flares expiredDisposal of Marine Flares around the world has been quite a problem for boaters.

Some countries are finally offering some solutions. Check with your local boating authorities.

For Canadians, CPS-ECP(Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons) is excited to announce their partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and

how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares in 2016.


For Flare Disposal Dates and Locations click here

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laughingYou’re the ramp guy in that Youtube video” the waiter laughed as he seated Joe (not his real name for obvious reasons) in a window seat in the corner of the restaurant.

He had asked for an out of the way table, so no one would see him.

Joe’s day had started out perfectly.

He had planned and prepared for his first fishing trip of the season and eagerly towed his boat and trailer to the ramp, in anticipation of his first catch.

This is when everything changed.

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signs of spring2Spring is here, although you’d never know it—in some parts of North America, March is going out like a lion.

Spring officially arrived last weekend, so boating isn’t far off—fingers crossed. Boaters with trailerable boats, are hitting the road to enjoy fishing, early boating at the cottage, or if we are lucky, some early summer full blown boating enjoyment.

Many boaters have taken advantage of our FREE article about “27 Ways to Save Fuel” on the water. Dan Armitage a contributor to Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine has written an article on 7 Ways to Save Fuel Trailering (republished with permission) that we think you will find helpful in tandem with our 27 Ways of Saving Fuel on the Water. 

Whether you are trailering once a year, or every weekend, here are some fuel saving tips for your tow vehicle and boat trailer.

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“I can drive a car, so I should be able to drive a boat.”

driving car  vs driving boat 

Boaters believing this statement have no idea what challenges await them. Applying car driving techniques does get boaters into trouble—too often with very serious consequences.

So, what is the difference between handling a car and handling a boat?

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memory failure computerIn our highly computerized world, we are increasingly dependent on our computers; not just laptops, smart phones and iPads, but all our electronics, cars, appliances—everything.

So much so, that a “memory failure”, “email history missing” or a “blue screen” sends us into panic mode.

This only has to happen once, before you become paranoid about backups to external drives and cloud storage to ensure that the future of your data is secure.

But, what do you do—when your own memory fails?

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