ATTENTION: For Those Boaters who are Tired of the Stress, Frustration & Embarrassment When Docking:
"They Laughed When I pulled Up 
to the Busy Dock...
But Everyone Bought ME Drinks After I Slid in a Tight Slip Other Boaters Passed Up!"

(After The Best Pontoon Captain on the Water Training, You'll Do the Same...
No More Swearing, Scratches On the Boat or Avoiding Places You'd Like to Go
Because You're Just Not Confident You Can Handle It.)

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"The 'Pivot' Maneuver Is a Game Changer!"

"The Pivot maneuver in your building blocks section was a game changer for me on the boat.  I practiced it this weekend and was blown away with the control I now have!"

See the interview with Rod and others below.

Why is it So Hard to Control Your Pontoon?

With millions of boats on the water, you may be surprised to learn that over 57% don't have the skills to totally control their boat when docking, in wind and current or even understand the basics of boat handling.  

That's because unless you want to spend several hundred dollars to hire a licensed captain (and find one that actually knows how to teach the building blocks of boat handling skills), you'll have to learn by trial and scar-error while on the boat with your family and friends.

With this approach, no wonder you're frustrated and stressed taking the boat out!

No One Has Revealed to You the 3 Keys to Total Control

Your Boat Handles the Exact Opposite of 
Your Car 

You Haven't  Discovered How to Adjust to Wind & Current... Yet

Have you ever watched someone that is amazing at handling a boat?

They aren't much different from you, they just know the 3-keys to having total control of their boat.  

Keys that anyone can quickly learn (with the right instruction), even if you've never been behind the wheel of a boat before in your life.
Think about how simple it is to pull into a parking place at the grocery store.

What if docking your boat or pontoon was just that easy at a busy boat dock?

The good news, when you discover the difference between driving your boat and your car, you're half-way to docking mastery.
Imagine you're pulling into the docks and a gust of wind blows you off course and now everything is a disaster.  

Your friends, family and kids standing at the ready to push off other boats, docks and other dangers.  It can certainly ding and ego... and let's hope that's the only thing that gets dinged!    

Now imagine pulling right in - despite - the wind & currents!

The Best Boat Captain on the Water is 100% for you and at only $47,  you'll have the skills to put your boat exactly where you want it without the stress, fear and dings others dread.

"The Story of Three Boaters"

When I was selling boats, I offered my personal First-Time Boater training to all of my clients.  (I've done close to 200 trainings)

Hey, I figured my family would be out on the same water as them often and I wanted to make sure they knew how to handle their boat properly.  It could be the difference between someone I love being hurt by an uneducated new boat owner and a a new boater having the skills and knowledge to operate their boat properly and having their family falling in love with boating as much as my family has.

$5,000 to $500,000 Boats

So, most of my clients took me up on the offer... hey, if you bought your boat from me, I gave you up to 4-hours for free!  It was so valuable, other boaters have happily paid me over $100/hour for a 4-hour training on their boat (a good personal trainer on your boat is really hard to find in most areas, unfortunately!)

 Who would pass up on that training, you may ask...

"I'll Figure It Out Myself... I Can Drive a Car"

Well, a few clients here and there decided they were just too busy or that they could figure everything out themselves... they were successful people and could buy a $10,000 to $500,000 boat and had been driving cars for decades, right?  

How hard could it really be anyway?

Well, the story typically ended in 1 or 3 ways...

"A Call I'll Never Forget"

One day I got a call from Neal, he'd just bought a brand new 21' bow rider from me (around $50K or so).  He lived on the lake and this was his first power boat.

Neal decided that he only needed a basic run thru on his new boat and was ready to hit the water after just 15 minutes.  Barely enough time to explain how to start it up and the basic safety stuff.

He said he could figure out the rest... My mistake was letting him go without a full training!

So, what did he tell me on the phone call?

Well, it was a little windy on the day he took it out on the water and he was having a hard time getting the boat into his slip (with a lift).  Then, he said; "Well, the good news Matt is... no one got hurt"

He had totaled his boat trying to pull into the slip.  Got a little heavy handed on the throttles and ran up on his dock (just like you see in those docking fail videos). 

He just missed his son-in-law who was trying to help out.  Went the next 3 months, in mid-summer of course, without a boat... as insurance did their thing and finally got his new boat and this time... he let me spend a few hours with him on boat handling skills.

What's Worse than a $1,500 Bill to Fix Your Docking Mistake?

To be fair, there were only a few clients that caused major damage from an incident.  None as bad as Neal's story.  Most just caused a gouge or nick in the fiberglass or some damage to the lower unit.

At a shop rate of $120/hour and a few to several hour repair + parts/materials, these were usually a $500 to $2,000 mistakes.  

Break Out Another Thousand, right?

For some clients and many boaters though, it's not about the damage.  It was  about the frustration, stress and often flat out embarrassment as they pulled up to the docks and just couldn't get it landed... without some help from someone on the docks.  

(The dealership was on the water, so I saw my clients often... and the one's that passed on training ALWAYS struggled... they also were the most frustrated!)

One evening, while going out with my family a client came back to the docks and just couldn't get in the slip.  Watching from a 100 yards away, it was obviously not going well... Then, the YELLING STARTED!  Then the #$%@&!

Not only was Patrick frustrated he couldn't pull in the slip; with a couple friends on the boat you could tell his stress had turned to embarrassment.  And then came the yelling at his wife and 12 year old boy who were trying to help out certainly caused some 'additional conversation with his wife' later that night!

What did he have in common with Neal?  That's right, he said "I've driven my buddy's boat Matt, I'm good to go!"  

Again, my fault for not insisting we go over a few simple things that would have made his evening end on the positive note it should have!

"Why Did You Stop Boating?"

Now, the worst thing that came from passing up on the training... 

They just didn't boat very often. 

They passed up opportunities (we offered various events and outings for clients on their boats) that they would have loved to attend.

One client passed up watching "Finding Nemo" on the water at our 'boat-in-movie' night because he was scared to navigate around all those other boats in the dark.

Some clients didn't participate in the childhood cancer charity poker run because they weren't confident pulling up to the docks to get their cards 'with so many people watching.'

And others, after a few outings (and struggling with their boat handling and docking)  just didn't go out on their boat any more.  

Those situations were my biggest failures because a few simple building blocks and the training system I'd developed could have given them years and years of POSITIVE boating memories!

Here is What You Get in 
The Best Boat Captain on the Water Program:

This is an on-demand video training program which means you can access all 25 video modules from your computer, tablet or even smart phone, 24/7/365 for a full year!  

If you can watch and hear the videos on this page, you can access everything in this on-demand video training program.

And, because you'll access the 5-modules (outlined below) via our Member Only Website or Mobile App (if you want to take on the boat with you) you and your entire family can watch all of the trainings together or individually.  

Wouldn't it be great to have multiple people in the family that can operate the boat and help out while on the water?

So, here are the modules with details of what you get when you invest in a less stressful boating lifestyle.

9- Building Blocks Modules

In this section, Capt. Matt walks you from the proper way to start your boat to understanding your throttle all the way to total mastery of controlling your boat in all situations.

One new boater said that Building Block #8 was a game changer and he'd been out on his boat for a full season when he finally took part in the training.

The systematic way Capt. Matt demonstrates how your boat operates will open your eyes to concepts other even experienced boaters don't realize.  Although they are very simple, these building blocks will puts control of your boat at your finger tips.

Each building block is delivered in a video (showing 4 camera angles) including the steering wheel and throttle control so you can see exactly what is going on and how the boat is responding.  

Then, Capt. Matt explains the why and more importantly walks you thru doing it on your own to actually practice on your boat... just like he does with his in-person clients that invest hundreds of dollars to work with him.

Not only can you watch these video lessons on your computer or tablet or smart phone, you can take them with you on your boat so Capt. Matt is sitting next to you as you progress thru the building blocks.

Docking Mastery Modules

With the building blocks boosting your skills in a mater of an hour or two, it's time to begin mastering all of the docking solutions you'll come across on the water.

In these 10 video, Capt. Matt will walk you step by step thru each scenario as you watch his controls, steering wheel, front and rear view so you can follow become a 'Docking Master!'

1.  The Fundamental Rules of Docking

2.  Mastering Docking on a Side Dock

3.  Mastering Docking in a Slip Forward

4.  Mastering Leaving a Slip

5.  Mastering Backing Into a Slip

6.  Backing Into Slip with Pilings

7.  Mastering a Docking Situation Other Boaters Wouldn't Dare Attempt

8.  Departing Tight Docking Situation

9.  Securing Your Boat at the Dock

10.  Handling Dock Lines

Imagine having the confidence to pull up to any docking situation, knowing you have everything 100% under control.  Then, slipping your boat into the spot, getting tied up and on your way without ever breaking a sweet... while other look on in envy!

3 Knots Every Boater Should Know

Do you know the 3 knots every boater needs to know?

If not, the good news is Capt. Matt will have you tying them within a few minutes so next time on the water you can use the simple and easy knots.

What makes a good knot is its easy to tie AND easy to un-tie.  

These simple knots will get you thru every situation you'll encounter... Not only are they easy to learn, they are fast.  And, are super easy to untie or release.  

No need for a Eagle Scout badge either... they are so easy my 7 year old can tie them.

How to Operate in Open-Water Modules

Its easy to operate a boat in open water right?

Sure, but its a little harder to do it safely, courteously and without damaging the boat.

In this module, Capt. Matt jumps in the boat with you to demonstrate various boating situations you'll encounter on the water.

1.   The Most Common Mistakes Made in Open Water and How to Avoid It

2   How to Approach No Wake Zones

3.  Etiquette for Small Craft, PWC's and Kayak/Stand Up Paddleboards

4.  Why Slowing Down is Often the Rudest Thing You Can Do on the Water

5.  How to Read the Water to Avoid Damage to Your Boat

6.  How to Handle Rough Water and Make Comfortable for Your Guests

7.  The Biggest Mistake First-Time Boat Operators Make and What to Do Instead

Giving your family and guest the most comfortable and smooth ride will make your boating day more fun, more relaxing and you can avoid the costly damage that can happen

Practical Boater Safety Modules

Although this program is focused on how to handle your boat with easy, Capt. Matt also cover the practical boating safety rules and guidelines to ensure you, your family, your guests and your fellow boaters have a great boating day that you pictured when you bought your boat.

Bringing family, friends and guests out on your boat can really increase the level of enjoyment for many boaters, however their lack of boating experience can sometimes cause problems.

Because of his experience operating boats with hundreds of non-boaters over the years, Capt. Matt has developed a pre-departure framework that makes it easy to ensure everyone has a great day on the water.

You'll learn more in these 2 short modules that will improve your boating fun and safety than most safe boating courses teach in a boring 8-hour class.

Who Else Wants to Be the
'Best Pontoon Captain' on The Water?

What This Training Program is NOT:

This is not a dry boring typical boater education course that gives you no practical hands on boat operation skills.

* Not a boating boating safety program that spends 2 hours talking about types of life-jackets and old-school navigation by the stars and headings.
* No theories and academic non-sense that isn't practical for real world pleasure boating.
* No lawyer and insurance scrubbed info that doesn't apply to the real boating world.
* No fancy cinematography and expensive highly produced videos... just real practical info that will make you the best boat operator on the water.

What This Training Program IS:

Real world, how to actually have control and operate your boat in the situations you'll find yourself in while out on your boat.

* How to truly have total control of your boat in any situation.
* How to have more fun on the water with the skills you actually use when operating a boat or pontoon.
* Gives you 40 years of boating experience in just a few short hours.
* Having more fun with less stress and frustration so you can make more memories on the water with friends and families!

Here's a Preview of What You Actually Get

So, I spent more than 50 hours on the water on a pontoon, bow rider, center console and motor yacht with video cameras, mics AND even my family to bring you a real world training like you've never seen before.

The program is broken down into small bit sized videos, building blocks and real world situations where I talk you thru the most common situations you'll find yourself in... and what's going thru my head so you don't have to learn the hard way.

You get the exact proven system I've used to teach nearly 200 first-time boaters. And combined it ALL into a simple step-by-step system so you can watch it again and again (if needed) so you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to handle your boat in ANY situation!!

You'll have access to these video lessons (that can be viewed on your phone while on your boat in the water) as you gain total control of your boat in any situation.

At only $47 this is the cheapest investment you'll make in boating... and it gives you the skills you need to handle your boat with confidence, sky-rocketing your boating fun.

What Do Other Boater's Like You Have to Say:

"I learned the money move"

"I owe it to Capt. Matt!"

"Absolute Must for New Boaters"

Rod Johnson
First-Time Boat Owner
Raleigh, NC

James Mannen
First-Time Boat Owner
Kentucky Lake in Tennessee

Jim Neimann
First-Time Boat Owner
Crystal Lake in Michigan


Hey Captain Matt! Your video series is outstanding!  Your spring line technique was especially useful.. it helped us get out of a tight parallel parking situation between two expensive cigarette boats when a large regional poker run showed up at the bar!

Thanks Capt. Matt!

I must admit that all these docking lessons definitely helped out on Memorial Day while I was docking my brand new Avalon. I have learned so much from these videos! Thanks so much Capt. Matt!


Hey, Matt- I tried it again this morning with success. Tried docking into my slip yesterday after watching the video and NAILED it.

Finally Got Control!

After years of driving the boat on and off with my Dad when we used my Grandpa's center console at the coast, I finally got control of the boat.  The building blocks made it simple to understand and use when I was behind the wheel.  Thanks for the training!

Chris Savoy
First-Time Boat Owner

Anthony D.
First-Time Pontoon Owner

Dane H.
First-Time Boat Owner

Colter Nichols
First-Time Solo Boat Operator

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the training material?

You’ll have access to the training program for a full year via your computer, smart phone or tablet.

Can I access the training while I’m on my boat?

Maybe, there is a mobile app available for your smart phone. 

You will only need access to wi-fi or data while on the water and Capt. Matt can be in the boat with you and you complete the 9-building blocks to becoming the best boat captain on the water.

What Do I get when I sign-up?

You get the 9-building blocks so you can have total control of your boat in every situation, especially around tight areas. 

 Plus, you get the Docking Mastery which walks you step by step thru the most common and the toughest docking situation you’ll come across. 

And, most important, you’ll have the confidence to put your boat exactly where you want to put it even in the tightest and most difficult conditions.

How long do I have to wait before I get everything?

This is an on-demand program. 

Once you buy the Best Captain on the Water training, you can be boosting your boat handling skills within minutes.

What technology do I need to access everything?

If you can view this website and watch the videos here, you have everything you’ll need. 

Plus, if you have a smart phone and data plan, you can even watch the videos on the boat so I’m right next to you as you’re skills and confidence are skyrocketing.

Is there a guarantee?

Absolutely, that’s why Capt. Matt has his 'Personal Happy Boater 100% Money Back Guarantee'. 

 He wants to ensure you are blown away with his training program like so many others have been. If you are not thrilled for any reason, just let us know and we’ll provide a fast and friendly refund within 8 business hours. 

No hassles, no hoops to jump through.

Why should we listen to you?

Having trained over 100 first-time boaters and over 40 years of boating experience, there are few people more qualified to help you become a better boat operator. 

His 9 Building Blocks and Docking Mastery Program are simple, step-by-step training programs that can make anyone ‘The Best Boat Captain on the Water’

Can’t we find this all on YouTube?

If you search, you certainly can find videos on how to operate your boat however, there is no resource available (besides hiring Capt. Matt or another qualified trainer) that will build your skills to master levels so quickly and in such a simple and step-by-step manner. 

 The 9-building blocks and Docking Mastery modules are designed based on well over 100 one-on-one trainings with first time boaters. They are in plain English to take you from novice to expert without making you feel like you should know more.

My boating area is different?

Of course each region has its own boating style and requirements however there are certain things every boater need to know and skills every boater need to possess. 

This program gives you those skills and that knowledge in a simple to grasp way to save you time, heart ache, scratches and dings on your boat.

Plus, you can choose the program that best fits your needs:

  • The Best Pontoon Captain on the Water
  • The Best Boat Captain on the Water (Single Engine V-Hull)
  • The Best Boat Captain on the Coast (Single Engine Coastal) (Coming Soon)
  • The Best Boat Captain on the Water (Twin Engine Inland & Coastal) (Coming Soon)

What if I’ve been boating for several years?

If you’ve been boating for several years and have total control of your boat in every situation, this program is not for you.

However, if you don’t have 100% confidence in operating your boat and would like to, you’ll be blown away with how quickly your skills build and your confidence soar.

What if I boat on a trailer?

If you are a trailer boater, like Capt. Matt was growing up and many of the clients he’s trained, you’ll want to take advantage of the Trailer Like a Pro program ($47) that you can easily add during checkout.

Why is this program only $47?

This program was developed because every time I'm out on the water, I watch boaters struggle.  

Struggle with docking.  
Struggle with the wind.  
Struggle at the boat ramp.  

Every time I saw the struggle, the frustration, the swearing, the yelling at the kids, the wife, the husband, other boaters... 

I said to myself... "If they just did X, Y or Z, it would be so much easier."  When I offered help, sometimes it was accepted with a warm 'Thank You'.  Other times, it was a dirty look like, who are you to tell us how to do this.

It wasn't me, they were frustrated, angry and often embarrassed and the timing of my offer to help was the problem.  

So, I created the first version of this program and got some pretty amazing comments from new boaters that were very appreciative.  They told me I could easily charge $200 for this and tons of people would jump on it AND be thrilled with the value.  

However, I want as many people to take advantage of this training as possible because I know how much more fun they COULD BE having on their boats. 

I know how much less stress, less frustration, less embracement, less anger, less yelling - AND THERE WOULD BE NO NEED for the t-Shirt that says "Sorry for What I Said When Docking the Boat!"

So, I decided to make this training program one of the cheapest boating items you could buy this year that would deliver the biggest impact on your boating enjoyment.  And, fifty bucks would cover my current costs and seemed to be enough that when you buy it, you'll actually pay attention and watch the program... yet low enough, no one would say, "that's too expensive."  

Heck fifty bucks, won't even buy you a 1/2 hour of labor when you ding up your boat because you hit something at the dock.

* Now, because of the increasing costs associated with the website, members only area, email systems, technology, payment processing, tech support, customer service and getting the word out to every boater in the US and Canada, it is likely the price will go up in the future.  I'll do my best to keep it under $200 but as the cost of doing business increases, so will the price of the program.  

Captain Matt's Personal 
Happy Boater 100% Money Back Guarantee

You likely never considered investing in an on-demand boat operator training when you woke up this morning but you saw a post on FaceBook, stumbled on a YouTube video or a boating friend passed a link along because they know how amazing this program is.

Maybe you've never even heard of Capt. Matt or maybe, you're not one of the 300,000 monthly viewers watching the over 200 videos on his Boat Buyer's Secret Weapon YouTube Channels.  Maybe you've never even invested in a valuable training like this online before.

That's why I want to remove any reason you may miss out on this incredible training.  

Based on my experience and the feedback of others that have gone thru the training (see above), I am 100% certain your boating skills will improve dramatically and so will your confidence and level of enjoyment on your boat when you invest in this program.  

That's why I've decided to give you my "Personal Happy Boater 100% Money Back Guarantee!"

See, I'm a real boater with boating kids and a boating wife and I want you to love your boat as much as we do... and if you're not 100% confident in handling your boat, this program will fix it.  So, I take all the risk!
(Sorry for the picture with my shirt off. My wife, Sarah told me not to use it BUT I don't have any pictures with a shirt on while I'm on the boat with my girls.)

About Captain Matt:

Captain Matt because a boater at age 5, when his parents bought a used 16’ Larson tri-hull with an 85HP Mercury 2-stroke.  See the picture of Matt (red life vest) and his brother Steve on the family's first of many boats.

From that day forward he and his family were boaters.

During his 10+ year career in the boating industry as a pleasure boat specialist and consumer advocate with his Boat Buyer’s Secret Weapon YouTube Channel (with nearly 20,000 subscribers and over 3,000,000 views a year) he has operated over 500 boats from pontoons, tri-toons, bow riders, deck boats, aluminum fishing boats, skiffs, center consoles, jet boats, cruisers and sport yachts.

In addition, he has trained nearly 200 first-time boaters on pontoons, bow riders, cruisers, jet boats, single engines and twins so they could operate their boat safely, efficiently and confidently without all stress and heart-ache most other experience.

Many have happily paid over $100/hour to do private trainings which typically last 4 hours.

Realizing that few new boaters get that level of training before hitting the water, Capt. Matt decided to put his proven training system into an easy to digest video format to help even more boat owners avoid the stress, frustration, cussing and dings that come from not having total control of their boat around the dock and other common boating situations.

You can find Capt. Matt on the water with his 2 daughters and wife on the lakes in the Carolinas, with his in-laws boating on Lake Loudoun near Knoxville, Tennessee or with his parents, brother and sister, nieces and nephews at the family lake place on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. 

And, if there is a boat show, marina or chance to be on the water, he is likely nearby.

Why Capt. Matt created this program

Boating is part of him and he wishes more than anything that you develop the proper boat handling skills because boating will provide some amazing memories for you and your family as well and the better you can run your boat, the better those memories will be!

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