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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.

smartphone cartoonAre you in the market for a new boat?

Boat Shows are the best place to go, to see, to touch and to compare a variety of new boats (and used boat listings) displayed by manufacturers, dealers and marinas with knowledgeable staff just waiting to answer your questions.

But, far too often, show goers suffer from “Boat Show Overload”.  Prospective boat buyers get home from the Boat Show and quickly realize that all the information has merged in their brain and they can’t remember which boats had what features, what was standard on each one, what the options were, the interior colour choices, motor options, etc, etc, etc.

What now?

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oopsWe’ve all heard horror stories of bad boat dockings—some of us have even experienced them.

There is nothing worse than a bad docking to put a damper on boating, a bruise on your ego, total embarrassment and too often a dent in your bank account. Well, maybe, like when "the tides went out a bit faster than expected while we were at the back side of Crane’s Beach at the mouth of the Essex River."

John has sent us his docking story and you will be amazed at what he had to overcome to dock his boat---and, he did!

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boater harbour get togetherThere are all types of boaters and all types of boats, but they all have one thing in common—the love of boating.

In the July Issue of Upper Bay Boating, Don and Gail Elwell shared an idea that would probably be of interest to boaters everywhere to help build their boating communities.

Thanks to Upper Bay Boating publisher Dave Bielecki for giving us permission to post this on our website.


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dan heather aWe love to hear your docking stories about how our docking lessons have improved your docking skills, built your confidence and given many of you a reason to stay in boating.

The last 50 feet back to the dock is the scariest part of boating.

Those 50 feet frustrate and embarrass so many boaters. This is the reason, we have written detailed instructions to help boaters master the techniques that replace the fear of docking, with confidence without the need for yelling, swearing, jumping, boat hooks, bionics, dock helpers, guesswork or embarrassment.


Dan sent in his docking story and we thank him for giving us permission to share it.

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dock like mesAnyone can put anything on the internet; similarly, in a newspaper or a magazine—even a boating magazine. They don’t even have to know what they are talking about.

The danger here is that the reader assumes it to be true—because it is printed! “It Ain’t Necessarily So!

People with expertise in handling and docking boats, can spot a pretender or wannabee-instructor immediately;

BUT, what about the majority who blindly accept the writer as legitimate and take his advice?

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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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art dawson


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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