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Docking your sailboat is probably the most important skill you can acquire to make your sailing experience more enjoyable.

Docking should be done easily with predicted results.

Sailboat respond to the combination of tiller/wheel, shift and throttle, so it is most important to learn the combinations that result in desired positive results.

Doug's definition of Docking is:

Confidently and safely bringing your sailboat into your slip or alongside your dock AND securing it to the dock in any conditions without yelling, swearing, jumping, boat hooks, bionics, dock helpers, guesswork or embarrassment; then, tying it appropriately for the situation.

This Docking Lesson is intended for all sizes of sailboats with motors: (It does not cover how to sail)

  • tiller with outboard
  • tiller with inboard/saildrive
  • wheel with outboard
  • wheel with inboard/saildrive.

You will learn:


  • How a sailboat responds to the tiller/wheel, shift, and throttle
  • How to easily and safely dock your boat bow first and stern first
  • Handling Techniques Under power – You will begin by learning the handling techniques of a sailboat under power in open water exercises
  • Docking Procedures and Techniques – Then, you will learn simple docking procedures and techniques that will allow you to
    • Dock your boat bow first tying port side or starboard
    • Dock your boat stern first tying port or starboard side
    • Parallel docking at a fuel dock
    • What not to do and why
  • The "Stay-Aboard" docking procedure and the "Step-Off" docking procedure so your First Mate can either stay safely aboard or step off onto the dock using Dawsons proven FLIPP Line™ procedure
  • Securing Procedures and Techniques – Part of docking your boat is securing it. You will learn how to secure the boat as part of the docking procedure. Once secured, you can tie your boat appropriately for the situation.

Doug Dawson has docked and sailed everything from 14' to 48'. He taught sailing to his Sea Scouts for 10 years.

Doug's proven docking techniques will help you and your First Mate eliminate the fear and dock with ease.

Both the Captain and First Mate should study this lesson and practice together as a team to ensure that you both know and understand what to do, and what to expect of each other when docking.




Invest in "Docking Your Sailboat" e-Lesson

It will be the best investment you could ever make

Make docking your Sailboat fun—not fearful

Your First Mate, family and guests will thank you and enjoy sailing with you.

64 pages of "how to" step-by-step docking instructions
with pictures and 45 easy-to-follow diagrams


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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