In this FREE 3-part video series, you'll learn how to:

Understand Your Vessel

You’ll gain the know-how of your basic equipment and the components of your vessel.

Navigate on the Open Waters

You’ll gain the ability to navigate your vessel with our the anxiety of having other boaters on the water.

Handle An Emergency

Learn what to do should a major problem arise & how to use a VHF radio.

"Learn To Drive Your Boat Like A Pro in Less Than 1 Day... Without Smashing Your Boat Into The Dock, Yelling At Your Wife Or Getting Laughed At!"

(After The Best Boat Captain on the Water Training... 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.)


Get the Best Boat Captain on the Water for only $127 ($247)


"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!"

-Rod Johnson, First-Time TriToon Owner

Why is it So Hard to Control Your Boat?

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

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.

Your Boat Handles the Exact Opposite of Your Car 

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.

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

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!

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

-Dane H., First-Time TriToon Owner

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!

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 (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?


In this course you'll learn:

9- Building Blocks

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.

Docking Mastery

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!'

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 sweat... 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.

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

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.

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

Capt. Matt has developed a pre-departure framework that makes it easy to ensure everyone has a great day on the water.

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.

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.

Here is What You Get in The Confident Coastal Boater Program:

9 Building Blocks

Boating In Wind and Currents & Tides

Coastal boating brings many challenges that you need to adjust to.

In this section, you discover the best ways to make these adjustments to limit the impact of these 3-major forces on your boating fun.

And, once you understand them, you can often use them to your advantage instead of always fighting them.

9 Building Blocks

Building Practical Coastal Boater Knowledge 

In this section, Captain Matt and Captain Tim reveal the basics every coastal boater needs to understand for a safe and fun outing inshore, near shore and offshore.

 They introduce the most important factors you need to know before hitting the water. They cover tides, winds, local boating knowledge, safety, reading charts and more in an easy-to-understand language.

Building Advanced Practical Coastal Boater Knowledge 

In this section, you’ll dive into more advanced and situational knowledge like avoiding and dealing with seasickness, going thru inlets safely, bridges and draw-bridges, night boating, and much more.

Imagine having the confidence to head off-shore, down the ICW for a day long run while other less skilled boaters are afraid to leave the marina.

Building On-Water Coastal Boater Skills  

Like in all of Captain Matt’s popular training programs, the on-water skill-building is like nothing you’ll experience.

He and Captain Tim take you out on the water to demonstrate easy and simple exercises that will boost your skills and your confidence in your local boating area.

 These are unique and effective exercises that will give you years of boating experience in just a few hours.

Most coastal boaters learn these skills the hard and expensive way but you get the shortcut.

Going Out into the Open Ocean 

If you dream of going near shore and offshore in your boat, this section is worth the price of admission.

We follow Captain Tim (a Charter Captain) thru the entire process of going up to 100 miles offshore. What apps to use, where to get wind, weather, and wave information, and how to use that data to plan a successful trip.

You’ll receive all his checklists, favorite tips, and tricks so you are ready for that first outing with friends or family!

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(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.)

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.

So I want to remove any reason you may miss out on this incredible training.  

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!


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"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!"

-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 the lifetime of this program (which will be many, many, many years), so you can come back to review the training at the beginning of every season like many past clients have via your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Why should we listen to you?

Having trained 10,000’s of first-time boaters and over 40 years of boating experience, there are few people more qualified to help you become a better boat operator.

Captain Matt’s proprietary training techniques, 9-Building Blocks and Docking Mastery Program, are simple, step-by-step training programs that will make you ‘The Best Boat Captain on the Water’

By the way, Captain Matt is also a legit US Coast Guard 25-Ton Master Captain.


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

Yes, 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.

Is there a guarantee?

Absolutely! Captain Matt has his 'Personal Happy Boater 100% Money Back Guarantee'.

He wants to ensure you are blown away with his training program like 1,000’s of other boaters have been. If you are not thrilled for any reason, just let us know and we’ll provide a fast and friendly refund (usually within 8 hours).

No hassles, no hoops to jump through.

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 200 one-on-one trainings with first-time boaters and proven by 1,000’s of others new to the boating world.

They are in plain English to take you from novice to expert without making you feel like you should know more or confusing you with confusing boating language.

And, they are the only training shot in a 4-view setup, so you can see everything (just like you were there in person). Other’s that completed the program say that unique style was an enormous advantage to them gaining understanding so quickly.


What Do I get when I sign-up?

You’ll get the best training for new boaters to become competent and confident boaters with total control of your boat with the following training modules delivered online via a ‘Member’s Only Area’ with 32 individual videos in 4 main training modules.

9-Building Blocks Module

You get the 9-building blocks so you can have total control to go from never having operated a boat to having total control in just 43-minutes.

With a unique 4-view setup, Captain Matt will walk you step-by-step to become a better boat operator than 87% of even experienced boaters on the water. This base knowledge cannot be found anywhere else than this training and is critical to becoming a confident and in-control boater.

Docking Mastery Module:

The Docking Mastery module walks you step by step thru the most common and the toughest docking situation you’ll come across, like side docks, U-shaped slips, and even backing into a slip.

Plus, tying your boat up easily and securely to protect your investment.

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

Open Water Operation Module:

In this module, Captain Matt walks you thru the boating rules of the road and how to run your style of boat in open and rough water so you can deliver a smooth and enjoyable ride for you and your guests.

He will also expose some of the unexpected dangers and mistakes that can quickly ruin a fun boating day and be very expensive.

Practical Boater Safety Module:

No boating course would be complete without touching on the safety items you need to know. As a new boater, there are some dangers you likely just aren’t aware of and wouldn’t imagine.

That’s exactly why Captain Matt included this important module to help you avoid any unnecessary accidents so you can completely enjoy your time on the water and likely avoid an expensive ticket.

My boating area is different?

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

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

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

  • Pontoon & Tri-Toon
  • Single Engine Outboard
  • Twin-Engine
  • Jet Drive (Yamaha, Scarab & Vortex Jet Boats)
  • Single Inboard/V-Drive (Wake Boats)

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

This is an on-demand program delivered directly to your computer via a secure website.

Once you are convinced the the Best Captain on the Water training is right for you, you’ll have access within minutes.

You’ll be sent an email with a link that will take you right to the program, typically within 7 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.


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 Captain 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 that you can easily add before checkout.

Why is this program only $127?

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 several hundred dollars for this 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, $200 bucks won’t even cover half your repair bill 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 the investment reasonable but as the cost of doing business increases, so will the price of the program.

"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!"

-Chris Savoy, First-Time Boat Owner

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What Do Other Boater's Like You Have to Say

"I learned the money move"

Rod Johnson

First-Time Boat Owner
Raleigh, NC

"I owe it to Capt. Matt!"

James Mannen

First-Time Boat Owner Kentucky Lake in Tennessee

"Absolute Must for New Boaters"

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!"

Chris Savoy
First-Time Boat Owner

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!"

Anthony D.
First-Time Pontoon Owner

Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere & Learn at Your Own Pace.

Unlimited access to training materials

Watch on desktop, TV or mobile device

Re-watch as many times as you’d like

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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!

Avoid the Stress, Swearing and Frustration and Gain Total Control of Your Boat TODAY!

Become the Best Boat Captain Today!


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