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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.

dawsons mobileEverything is changing—some things more rapidly than others, like websites.

Many aren’t able to respond to new improvements and requirements to operate smoothly and efficiently on the internet.

As a result, it is more and more difficult to see and use webpages on smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other platforms.

The pages just don’t fit, don’t flow, freeze, and are so frustrating. 

What’s the fix?

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irish coffee brieWeather is as unpredictable as many other things influencing our lives today.

Every country in the world is experiencing huge changes in weather patterns and, most often, our forecasters can’t accurately predict long term or even short term.

Planning a trip now, becomes more difficult—especially when crossing large bodies of water. You have to plan for almost everything.

But, it isn’t all bad!

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questionWhat do these have in common?

  • a Christmas tree
  • a hedge
  • hair
  • waistline
  • sails
  • power boats


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If you have a First Mate in your family, why not put a First Mate Gift under the Christmas Tree this year?

firstmate bkcoverNeed a Christmas Gift for your First Mate?

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Give a Gift that will keep on giving.....every boating season

For the boaters on your Christmas list, a downloadable Docking e-Lesson is fast, easy and will definitely be appreciated.

Christmas 2014 Special – 2 for 1

Buy a Docking e-Lesson and get

a “Conquering Wakes”  e-Lesson absolutely free.

2 gifts for the price of one!

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better-wayWinter is here for many of us, but for you lucky boaters who are fortunate enough to boat all year, you have an opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge, to enjoy boating even more.

There is almost always a better way to do everything on a boat.

Don’t get stuck in a rut.


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sherlock-holmesNow that much of the North is into fall, and you are going to your boat less often, who is watching your boat when you aren’t there? During the fall, we all want to squeeze in as many hours or even minutes on the water as we can. Knowing that haul out is just around the corner, each fall visit to the boat or fall cruise is precious.

Most marinas regularly check all the boats, but many do not spot smaller problems or potential problems. In some harbours, there is no one to check on the boats at all. If your boat isn’t being checked, there is a simple solution.

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T-Sterndrive2webfirstmate bkcoverAn e-Book is an “electronic book”.

  • E-Books are called “electronic” because they are files that you access on your computer.
  • Like normal paper books, they have cover art, an author, editor, illustrator, publisher and story.
  • E-Books are available in any genre, any length and many formats.


Dawsons e-Lessons are e-Books of how-to instructions or lessons on one specific subject.
You can just buy the lesson you want or need.

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“We owned a 33’ SeaRay Sundancer Twin Inboard for years.” Pat told us as she explained her docking story. “Then, we downsized to a 28’ Formula Sunsport Twin Sterndrive. We thought we could bring our docking skills with us and continue enjoying boating. Out on the water wasn’t so bad, but we couldn’t dock it. It just didn’t handle the same.

We almost hit other boats several times when trying to dock. Everybody said to tie the bow line first, but that doesn’t work for us, because our side decks are too narrow making getting to the bow almost impossible.

We are so stressed about docking,

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washing-dishes“Can I do the dishes for you?” asked Peter. I was hesitant to accept his offer but “sure” I said.

I was delighted that one of our non-boater guests wanted to help, but what kind of a mess would he make in my galley?

Most non-boating helpers don’t know how to “help” on a boat.

Then, Peter said something that I’d never heard before.

I was so impressed and excited by his statement that I want to share it with every boater—especially First Mates.

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