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If you have a Single Sterndrive , you need to know how to dock your boat...

Docking Your Single Sterndrive Boat is EASY...

Even Boaters Who Think They Can Dock a Boat 
Will be Able to do it Even Better & Look Like a Pro!

Docking-S-IOProven, step-by-step "how to dock a boat" e-Lessons from the authority on boat docking. Doug (5th generation industry professional) has taught thousands—on all sizes and types of boats from Sterndrives to motor yachts.

A Sterndrive or I/O is a motor that is a combination of an inboard engine connected through the transom to an outdrive. The package is known as a sterndrive or an Inboard/Outboard or an I/O--Half in and half out.

"I just wanted to let you know how helpful your boat docking e-lesson has been to me in docking my 22 foot bowrider with single sterndrive. Since digesting your lesson and doing the open water practice you recommended, my docking has improved 1000%! "

—John, Atlanta, GA


As popular as Sterndrives are, they're also the most difficult to dock!

Simple Step-by-Step Instructions 
how to Dock a Sterndrive Bow First
Both in your slip and at a gas dock

Doug Dawson's e-Lesson "Docking Your Single Sterndrive--Introductory" has 120 pages with 140 diagrams of proven, detailed, step-by-step instructions for handling and docking a Single Sterndrive bow first in your slip and at a gas dock.

Doug Teaches

  • Why it's not your fault docking is so difficult
  • How your Single Sterndrive handles in open water exercises
  • Doug's "KEY" to handling a Single Sterndrive
  • What to expect as you use the wheel, shift and throttle
  • How to outsmart the wind/current/fairway momentum
  • How to recover from screw-ups
  • The FLIPP Line™ procedure to simplify docking
  • What not to do and why
  • How to dock bow first in 4 different winds with left approach tying port and starboard sides
  • How to dock bow first in 4 different winds with right approach tying port and starboard sides
  • All 16 scenerios are complete and independent instructions
  • How to dock with a wind in a boat lift
  • How to parallel dock at a gas dock/restaurant dock
  • An easy approach to a dock bow first--no fear, no guessing, no hoping for the best, no jumping, no injuries, no boat hook. No shouting and no swearing--just good teamwork
  • How to dock easily and safely--even in front of an audience!

Once you know how your boat was meant to be handled, boat docking is EASY. It's just a matter of practicing Doug's techniques specific to your Single Sterndrive.

When you have mastered bow-first docking (usually takes several weeks to a full season), you will be ready for "Docking Your Single Sterndrive--ADVANCED" to learn docking stern first and many more neat docking maneuvers covered in great detail over 230 pages.

"I feel as though I know you already. I wish we weren't so far away. I don't know how to thank you for all your info so far. I think that you'll be hearing from me again. With your help I hope to be the best first mate my captain could ask for. We love the ocean and if you can teach old dogs new tricks then we can still have a wonderful retirement on the water. Thanks for being there in our time of need."

—Joan Thurston, BC

Hi Doug,

We decided to get back into boating after 21 years. Our first attempt at docking our boat was a nightmare and embarrassing to say the least! To top it all off we have an opening into a marina of 35ft and we are the second slip in to the starboard side and our dock is port side bow in slip. To top it all off the first slip is 10 feet wide and then the next is ours. We have a 10.6beam and single screw and our slip is 12.6 wide. We also have the wind to contend with and no way to make a complete turn in the marina and come in facing the wind. After reading your docking 101 book, I am docking like a Pro! Three easy maneuvers and I am sliding into our slip with ease and my first mate is able to tie off with no issues.

As soon as my nose of the bow is in the opening for the marina at neutral position I steer all the way over Starboard shift in to forward. Back to neutral steering all over to port and I shift to reverse 3 second count and back to neutral. Straighten steering and shift to forward a little goose and we are in the slip Into neutral and a reverse shift we are stationary and my first mate ties up.

I want to thank you for a book that finally made sense! Everything else on the internet was either for sailing vessels, twin screw or for a single screw with a rudder! You have made our boating experience with our new boat completely relaxed with no stress and we hit the slip every time on our first attempt using your instructions.

Thanks again!! I will be telling everyone to pick up your books and tips!

—Tamara, ON


Dock a Single Sterndrive Video

docking-single-ioFor those boaters who need to hear and watch instructions as well as to read them, we have produced an 18 minute video with Rob MacLeod of www.InformedBoater.com . We recommend that you buy the e-Lesson and the Video together--not just the video. The Video complements the e-Lesson.

The Video shows you how easily your boat handles using the proper combination of wheel and shift.

You will learn in the video and e-lesson, how easy it is to dock a single sterndrive. You will be amazed.

Using the e-Lesson along with this video will help you learn these docking skills.

Your First Mate doesn't even have to get off the boat, or struggle to the bow or swing a boat hook. It is easier and much safer, eliminating stress, fear and yelling.

Simplified docking = Enjoyment.

Order Docking Single I/O Video  order-now


Let Doug Show You the EASY Way to dock your boat...

docking-single-sterndriveDoug knows the design characteristics of all boats and drive systems. He has driven, demonstrated, tested, reviewed and handled every type of boat and drive system and knows how to teach others with easy-to-follow instructions.

With Doug's Boat Docking e-Lessons, you will learn your boat's unique dance moves and be able to waltz smoothly as one, and dock your boat with ease.


Dock your Single Sterndrive or I/O boat, powered by a Mercruiser OMCobra or Volvo, with confidence. There are many to choose from including:

  • Bayliner
  • Bryant
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  • Century
  • Chaparral
  • Chris Craft
  • Cobalt
  • Crownline
  • Cruisers Sportboat
  • Doral
  • Formula
  • Four Winns
  • Glastron
  • Grew
  • Hurricane
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  • Larson
  • Limestone
  • Mariah
  • Monterey
  • Princecraft
  • Pursuit
  • Regal
  • Rinker
  • Rienell
  • SeaRay
  • Stanley
  • Starcrat
  • Stingray
  • Tahoe
  • Thompson
  • Thundercraft
  • Wellcraft

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guaranteedThere is absolutely no way that you can lose-except by not taking me up on this offer. If you don't agree that this is the most impactful, eye-opening and practical information you've ever received on the subject of docking your boat, simply email me and I'll issue you a 100% refund of the purchase price no questions asked. You've got 30 full days to use and profit from this unique information or else ask (and receive) an immediate refund.

Your Invisible Boat Docking Instructor

No need to pay $100 plus per hour. Just download and print out the boat docking e-Lesson "Docking Your Single Sterndrive" and take Doug (your invisible instructor) aboard with you. Practice as often as you wish.

The e-Lessons aren't novels, emotional experiences or worrysome journeys of discovery, they are simple, easy-to-follow, step-by-step "how-to" boat docking instructions with illustrations.

For Only $29.00 USD (pdf version)


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Happy Boating!



Doug Dawson

P.S. You can spend your summer being frustrated and nervous docking your boat with everyone watching, and even worse, damaging your boat....or get this boat docking e-Lesson "Docking Your Single Sterndrive" and be able to put on a show like a pro and be the talk of the dock!

P.P.S. You can't lose when you accept this no-risk offer. If you're disappointed with your boat docking e-Lesson for any reason, just let us know and we'll refund your purchase payment in FULL.


Dear Brenda and Doug:

So cool that you We're the ones who actually did the review on this boat almost 25 years ago! Things come full circle.

Thanks for the details on the hull and what happened to the molds with World Class Catamarans.  I got the boat last year and the engine died right away, and I'm just re-powering it, so I haven't had a chance to use it on the Mississippi much yet really.  Researching what I could about it, I think it may be my favorite boat ever.Like a lot of us I enjoy learning the history about my boat!

I had already checked out your website and had already decided to get the book on docking the boat, so will be sure to get the pontoon version. And even though I'm an Eagle Scout and thought I knew in my knots well, I've already also decided to order the book on knots!   It sounds like you've developed a lot of great resources!

Peace and Love

Tom Schreiber


Brenda, "Nice job by you and Doug, I really like your common sense approach to handling a boat with easy time for the first mate." Thanks again.

Bill, 'a fan'.


Y'all are the best! Downloaded it, saved it, printed it--now all we have to do is master it! Thank you so much.

Natalie Redyk

For trailered boats, make sure the drain plug is on your checklist!  It wasn't on mine and I mistakenly expected that the shop who summerized and delivered my boat had installed it.  They didn't, and I didn't check for it, and didn't realize it wasn't there 'till I got back to my backyard dock and saw the water coming up thru the ski well.  I'm now known as "soggy-boy" after falling off the boat into the lake while trying to install the plug from above; would have been a lot easier on the launch ramp!  Fortunately, nothing was damaged but my pride . . . Cheers

Dave Keyser, Soggy-boy

Thanks! Always great to receive your monthly newsletter. Well done and appreciated!
keeep up the super good work.....


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