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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!


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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