How to Execute the Perfect Dock

How to Execute the Perfect Dock

Docking your boat can be stressful. Wind, currents and other watercraft can make docking difficult, but if you follow these four easy steps, the process can be swift, simple and successful.


Approach the dock at a 30- to 45-degree angle with your bow aimed at the center of your landing point. If the wind and current will be pushing you toward the dock, approach at a shallower angle. If the wind and current are pushing you away, consider a steeper approach.


Don’t be afraid to creep into position. Any hits will be minimized the slower you’re going. Get to know your boat’s acceleration sensitivity and practice a slow and steady, controlled approach. This may require bumping the boat in and out of gear to maintain the correct speed.


When you’re within a half a boat length, turn the wheel hard away from the dock and add a final bump to the engine.


Finally, turn the wheel back toward the dock and put the engine in reverse to bring yourself parallel. This should put you right where you need to be.
Remember, there’s no shame in a missed dock that needs a second, or third, attempt. The first rule of any boat operation is safety, so stay calm and know that each time you pull in, you’re building essential skills that will soon make you a docking expert.


Joystick steering makes docking a breeze.  Standard in our E29XS and E30 twin engine models


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  1. Harper Campbell September 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    We just bought our first boat, and we are about to take it out on it’s maiden voyage; but I am wanting to make sure that we are able to drive it properly. It’s good to know that when it comes to docking it that one thing we need to remember to do is to try and swing in. I am glad that you mentioned that this will help us add a final bump to the engine, this is something that we will have to remember when we take it out.

    • Amy Turner September 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Glad you found it helpful Harper!

  2. […] Go slow when docking. If you rush, you could damage your boat, the dock, or worst of all, another boat. If it’s not going well, don’t be too proud to back away and start again. (Read docking tips here) […]

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