E-lessons are short concise lessons on buying, inspecting and handling your
boat which can be downloaded immediately after purchasing. The following e-lessons are now
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Report covers 70 different boat types.
This Special Report #2 covers the Hull Identiy Number.
This Special Report #3 covers includes inspection checks.
This Special Report #4 covers what to do during a demo.
Once you have a dinghy, there are many ways to enjoy it. These e Lessons discusses a
multitude of uses and fun things that you and your family can do to enjoy your dinghy more and your boat more.
Go have fun with your Dinghy!
Doug Dawson’s e-Lessons
focus on the easy and safe way to securely lower and set anchors and raise them. Anchoring should not be
stressful or dangerous. It should be understood, safe and easy.
Tips for launching and
retrieving your power boat are contained in these e-lessons.
Don't be Launch Ramp Entertainment. Whether you are launching or hauling any size
boat at a ramp, you don't want to be the entertainment. Learn how to launch your boat like a Pro.
Doug teaches you how marina staff and pros ramp--easily. And, how to keep your
securely tying your boat.
Dock lines don't have to ressemble a spider's web. Doug simplifies boat tying with
one setup that secures your boat for most situations.
These e-Lessons also covers tying to a high wharf, to pilings in a shared slip
plus how to raft for safer entertaining.
Docking a twin
engine inboard boat.
Docking a twin inboard is the easiest of all drive systems and most people
graduate to twins during their later years in a yacht.
Doug shares his "giant
tip" in this e-Lesson, so you’ll dock your yacht like a professional
Plus, you'll save your First Mate from attempting to imitate the bionic
Docking twins is not twice as easy! Without being shown how, it can be more than
twice as difficult with four levers.
Doug shares the "single
trick" for mastering some twins, while others are far easier using
his "arc method".
These e-lessons will teach you both systems and on which boat each works best.
This will simplify docking a Twin Outboard.
Docking a single
Docking a single inboard on a ski boat for example, is how Doug started docking
back in the 1950’s.
There are some idiosyncrasies you must be taught first; or you’ll never get
docked, because they will fight you every time.
Doug shares the "magic". This e-lesson shows you how to figure
out these idiosyncrasies and use them to your advantage.
Docking a single
Docking the most popular drive systems are, as it turns out, the most difficult.
Without learning the key to reverse, you could spend summers figuring out why your boat does not behave, as you
Doug reveals the "key", you need to know to dock your Single Outboard
like a pro.
Sailboats are equipped
with huge rudders, deep keels, little propellers and a unique shape that makes docking totally different than
docking any power boat.
Doug teaches sailors the easy way to "sneak up" on their dock, step off and take a
The better way to Dock, Ramp and Tie your Power Boat.
Tying and Using Knots.
Making Rope into Lines
Docking While Cruising