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Houseboats are different than other types of boats

This e-Lesson covers the differences,
the challenges they create,
as well as how to overcome those challenges
to dock safely and easily.


Proven, step-by-step "how to dock a boat" e-Lessons
from the authority on boat docking who has taught thousands—

on all sizes and types of boats from Runabouts to Motor Yachts.

You will look and feel like a pro when docking your Houseboat powered with twin outboards or twin sterndrives, with Doug's simplified, proven docking techniques.

Don't fumble through, hoping you don't hurt the boat or your crew.

66 Pages with 10 pictures and 53 diagrams.

Downloadable PDF.


As popular as twin engine Houseboats are, they can also be impossible to dock without the right instructions!


Simple Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Dock a Twin Houseboat
Bow First in your slip,
at a gas dock
and much more



In this e-Lesson, you will learn...................

  • What makes houseboats different, the challenges that creates and how to overcome each challenge.
  • How your Houseboat handles, when docking--illustrated with easy to follow diagrams.
  • How your twin drive system works through open-water exercises.
  • What to expect as you use the wheel, throttles and shifts.
  • Which of the three handling methods of handling your twin outboard/sterndrive is best.
  • How to approach a dock and to 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 team work.
  • Doug's FLIPP Line™ Procedure, to make docking and securing your twin engine Houseboat a simple, easy procedure.
  • What not to do and why.
  • Dock your twin engine Housesboat easily and safely without dock helpers with a complete understanding of what to do and how to do it--especially in front of an audience.
Table of Contents

Once you know how your twin Houseboat was meant to be handled, docking will be EASY. It's just a matter of practicing Doug's proven techniques specific to your Houseboat.

"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


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


37-alwest-houseboat-2Doug Dawson, a 5th generation boat industry expert, knows the design characteristics of all boats and drive systems.

Doug 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.

Dawson's Marina Limited was the largest marine dealer for Houseboats in Canada during the 60's and 70's. Doug Dawson developed and perfected handling and docking techniques for Houseboats and taught hundreds of houseboat buyers how to dock.

With Doug's Boat Docking e-Lessons, you will learn your houseboat's unique handling characteristics, and dock your houseboat with ease.


No-Risk Money Back Guarantee!

guaranteedThere is absolutely no way that you can lose-except by not taking us 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 houseboat, simply email us and we'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 e-Lesson "Docking Your Twin Outboard/Sterndrive Houseboat" and take Doug (your invisible instructor) aboard with you. Practice as often as you wish. No extra charge!

Dawsons' Houseboat Docking 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 lots of diagrams and photos.

For Only $29.00 USD (pdf version)


Get Direct Access To One Of The
World's Leading Experts On Boat Docking!

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Happy Boating!



Doug Dawson

P.S. You can spend your summer being frustrated and nervous docking your houseboat with everyone watching, and even worse, damaging your boat....OR get this houseboat docking e-Lesson "Docking Your Twin Outboard/Sterndrive Houseboat" 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 Houseboat docking e-Lesson for any reason, just let us know and we'll refund your purchase payment in FULL.


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THANK YOU So much your instructions are very clear and helpful! I wish I would have found you 2 years ago.

Jeff S. PA



Thank you, and your husband for the e-Lessons. I read the introductory book and the chapters in the advanced that apply to my boat and docking situation. The tips on the arch, momentum, 3-5 seconds of throttle to adjust were extremely helpful. I nailed docking the last 7-8 times without drama, cussing, or tears. It took some practice, but my comfort level has increased 100 fold.

Thank you.

Bob Hilken TX


Just saying thanks for your continuing efforts to promote boating and I'm still looking for the advanced twin sterndrive docking that Doug mentioned a while back and I see in this issue that it's coming soon. Although our wharf wall has tightened up even more this year at the marina I am getting the new 33 footer in quite well but I don't mind buying and learning more and helping others. Thanks again, keep up the good work.



Many thanks! I've tried most of these manuevers but have not mastered the correct sequences. I just moved from a single I/O to a twin and seem to be getting worse each time I back into the dock.

I could never figure out when to use one or two drives, when to turn the drives vs using one or the other ,etc.

This makes so much sense to me and I'll be trying it the rest of the season.

Thanks again!

Allan Darr, PA

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that we thought that the instructional article on how to back a twin stern drive into a slip as well as the Twin Sterndrive e-Lesson and your First Mate 101 book were very informative and I and my "first mate" learned a lot from them.

Thanks again.

Matt C, IL