• Naples

    1516 SE 46th Street
    Cape Coral, FL 33904
  • Phone Icon Call Us

How to Dock a Boat with Twin Motors with Bill Fischer

By Marshall Nicholson | Feb 12, 2021 | Sportsman Boats, Boating Education

Your confidence is high after a smooth day out on the water, when suddenly, your faith crashes as you start to approach the dock. You think to yourself, “Please don’t let me hit.” Whether you are a new boater or an experienced pro, docking a boat can sometimes seem stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. In this video, The Boat House of Port Charlotte salesman, Bill Fischer, shows you how to properly operate and dock a boat with twin motors without touching your steering wheel.

While docking your boat, there are many contributing variables that are outside of your control, ranging from winds to current. The best method is to be mindful of your surroundings and use the wind and current to your advantage.

Bill Fischer is operating a 2020 Sportsman Center Console with twin 350 Yamaha motors. Typically, with twin applications, you do not need to touch the steering wheel while docking. You can do everything with your throttles.

When approaching the dock, approach at a slight angle. This is when it is important to keep in mind your outside factors, such as wind and current. Kick the stern over to the dock using the engines and not the steering wheel.

Always approach slowly. Bill Fischer says, “The number one thing is to only go as fast as you’re willing to hit.” Slow and steady wins this race. Having propulsion on your engine is what gives you access to maneuverability. If you are in neutral, you are losing your ability to control the boat.

Once you feel that you are safely aligned with the dock, get off the boat and tie up your cleats. Don’t forget to make sure everything is secure before shutting off your engine. It may seem intimidating to maneuver a boat with multiple engines, but it is actually easier than one might think. If you would like to spin the boat in a circle, you would put your throttle in opposite directions depending on which way you would like to go. You can put one engine forward and the other in reverse. The forward engine will run more efficiently than your engine that is in reverse. To hold in place, give your reverse engine a little bit more throttle than your forward engine.

If you have any questions about How to Properly Operate & Dock a Boat with Twin Motors or any other boating related concerns, please feel free to visit our website www.boathouseh2o.com.

We have 7 locations across the U.S!


Naples 2625 Davis Blvd Naples, FL 34104 (239) 732-8050

Port Charlotte 4295 Laura Street Port Charlotte, FL 33980 (941) 979-5219

Cape Coral 1516 SE 46th Street Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 549-2628


Lake Geneva N2062 S Lakeshore Drive Lake Geneva, WI 53147 (262) 203-5293

Lake Country W73 E Wisconsin Ave Nashotah, WI 53058 (262) 367-2008

Lauderdale Lakes N7536 Sterlingworth Dr. Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 742-3898

Chicago 515 Bald Knob Rd Johnsburg, IL 60051 (815) 788-1111

For more videos like this please subscribe to our channel! www.youtube.com/boathouseh2o

Florida – www.instagram.com/boathouseflo…
Midwest – www.instagram.com/boathouseh2o

Thanks for watching and have a great day!

More Updates from The Boat House


Have you heard? Cape Coral, FL has a...

Are you still a boater that no longer lives on the water? Have you been a boater but gotten tired of launch fees, storage contacts and  maintenance bills? Do you love the idea of owning a...
key benifits with using bottom paint

Key Benefits with Bottom Painting Your Boat.

Bottom painting your boat is less about the aesthetic factors and more about the quality and care of your vessel. Every vessel undergoes typical everyday wear and tear through the water, but...

How to Set a Waypoint on a Garmin...

So long are the days of using landmarks to remember your favorite fishing spot. With Garmin GPS products, all of your treasured locations can be saved by simply tapping a button. In this...