Bad – Good – Better – Best

boat docking meafordBoaters have varying levels of expertise when it comes to docking their boats—both power and sail. Some can handle and dock with precision and ease in extremely tight quarters; while most struggle forever with great difficulty as they try to make their boat do what they want it to do.

Why is this? Why do some boaters fear docking? In fact, some boaters are afraid to go out because they fear coming back in–especially if there is a breeze or light wind.

Wouldn’t it be better to replace the fear with confidence and handle and dock with precision and ease?

So how do you elevate your docking skills to the Good, Better or Best categories?


bad dockingBad Dockings – We’ve all heard about or seen the scary dockings where there is clearly no knowledge or skill when it comes to boat handling. Ki

These are the “BAD” dockings, the ones that usually end up on YouTube. How humiliating this is when they become the topic of discussion at boating functions and on the docks.

good dockingA GOOD docking is when a boater has lines, fenders and crew ready.

Then comes in at the correct angle and gets the boat alongside the dock or pier without too much difficulty.

May or may not need a dock helper.

better dockingBETTER docking is not only being prepared and coming in on the correct angle to bring the boat alongside the dock or pier,

but also being able to do this in wind or current and allow for fairway and boat momentum.

Better dockings are executed as a team without the need for dock helpers.

best docking

BEST dockings are those where you and your crew are prepared when you approach the dock or pier at the correct angle considering wind/current and momentum,

and bring the boat alongside the dock or pier close enough to secure the boat and securing it

without yelling, swearing, jumping, boat hooks, bionics, dock helpers or guesswork,

ready for tying appropriately for the conditions and length of stay.

In other words, a docking where you can make your boat do what you want it to do every time working as a team with your First Mate and crew or single handedly.


Unfortunately, docking instructors also have varying levels of expertise—both hands-on instructors and written instructions in a book or on the internet. Some have very limited knowledge and experience with the different drive systems and assume all boats dock the same way. These instructors fall in the “BAD” category. Others have more experience and expertise and fall in the “GOOD”, “BETTER” and “BEST” categories for docking instructions.

Do you want to be in the “BAD”, “GOOD”, “BETTER” or “BEST” boat docking category?  The answer is a simple “Yes”.

To put your docking in the “BEST” category, it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Find a “BEST” instructor
  2. Learn the “BEST” instructions.
  3. Practice the “BEST” instructions.

Then you will be able to enjoy the Accolades of “BEST” dockings.

Where do you find a “BEST” instructor?

Choose your boat docking instructor/author carefully. Don’t settle for anyone but the BEST to teach you or your family to handle and dock your boat; otherwise, you’ll be wasting your time and money and you’ll never be any better than the instructor.

Find one who knows the design characteristics of all the boats and drive systems, can drive and handle every type of boat and drive system and has the ability to teach others. Get referrals and credentials first.


Right here!

Doug Dawson is a 5th generation industry “BEST” docking expert, who has written 17 Docking Books with easy-to-follow, step-by-step e-Lessons with more than a hundred diagrams and pictures for each drive system. Videos are also available to show you what to be able to do when you master his techniques in the e-lessons.

Introductory e-Lessons have around 130 pages specific to your drive system and videos are a small price to pay to bump your docking skills to the “BEST” category.

best dockingBump Your Skills to the “BEST” Docking Category

Get your e-Lesson and video today to bump Your Docking Skills to the “BEST” Category.

Not only will you be able to dock confidently, you will also have the right instruction to pass on to your family and protect your boat from the damage of “BAD” dockings.

Read also:

Why Power Boat Docking is Difficult

Docking is Easy or Difficult – it is your choice

Campion Video – Doug Dawson docking alone in a wind

Regal Video – Docking using Doug Dawson’s techniques

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