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Produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, ProBoat Radio is a weekly Internet radio show. Our topics span the marine industry to include boatbuilding, yacht design, marine surveying, naval architecture, selling boats, boatyard management, marina operations, and training our workforce.

Produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, ProBoat Radio is a weekly Internet radio show. Our topics span the marine industry to include boatbuilding, yacht design, marine surveying, naval architecture, selling boats, boatyard management, marina operations, and training our workforce.
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Produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, ProBoat Radio is a weekly Internet radio show. Our topics span the marine industry to include boatbuilding, yacht design, marine surveying, naval architecture, selling boats, boatyard management, marina operations, and training our workforce.




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Talent - May 14,2013

Rich Difede (Gold Coast Yachts) says, "Talent is critical… so what do we do to manage its development ?" Rich joins PBRadio hosts Barbara Jean Walsh and Ann Avary in discussing talent from a variety of viewpoints: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and professional.


Grantsmanship - Jan 29,2013

Our ProBoat Radio West host, Ann Avary, sits on the other side of the desk for this show, filling us in on a major grant received by Skagit Valley College. Ann says, "This experience has given me a new appreciation for the phrase, 'Maybe we can find some grant money'. A lot of people don't understand what happens when you actually get the grant: It does become its own entity and can be all consuming, so the big thing question should be 'Are you really prepared to do the work once the money...


My-Villages with Kevin Hutchinson - Jan 15,2013

Founded in 2011, My-Villages is an online collaborative where boat owners, service providers, and builders can connect online in a powerful network. CEO Kevin Hutchinson says this resource will provide marine industry professionals with new tools for working with service customers, as well as a revolutionary way to connect and share information. “With My-Villages,” he says, “we are creating online communities to improve the way today's consumers access the needed information and...


The San Francisco to San Francisco Ocean Race - Jan 08,2013

Our topic this week is the new San Francisco to San Francisco Ocean Race (SF2SF for short), scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012, and our guests will be naval architect Jim Antrim and Cree Partridge, owner of Berkeley Marine Center. In a recent SF2SF press release, Antrim said, “This race will be about the challenge and the love of sailing. It should be accessible to a greater variety of teams. We welcome the big syndicates if they'd like to participate, but we also want the amateur...


Surveyors Roundtable on Fire Protection - Nov 06,2012

John McDevitt (Gasonville, Maryland) joins us once again, this time to talk about what surveyors should look for in terms of fire protection when they are investigating a claim on a damaged boat or evaluating one that's for sale. John has been a fire-fighter, fire officer, and instructor who also holds a fire protection degree. He's active with the NFPA and ABYC and is a member of NFPA 303 Marinas and Boatyards and serves as Chairman of the NFPA 302 Pleasure and Commercial Watercraft...


BoatUS and Serivce to the Boating Community - Oct 16,2012

While we were at IBEX, we took a break to chat with Bob Adriance and Beth Leonard about BoatUS. Adriance has been part of the team there for more than 30 years, and Leonard–a two-time circumnavigator–is new kid on the block. We think you'll enjoy this conversation with Adriance, Leonard, and ProBoat Radio WEST host Ann Avary. P.S. In case you think Adriance's voice is familiar, he played the part of Bob in last week's melodrama, A Dark and Stormy Night.


ProBoat Radio Readers Theatre - Oct 09,2012

This week on ProBoat Radio, we've assembled a stellar cast of characters to present the first, and possibly last, episode of ProBoat Radio Readers Theatre: "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night at Boat Shop Univerity." Recorded live at IBEX 2012, this melodrama has it all including suspense, romance, evil twins, a dead body, alien abduction, and of course, a dark and stormy night.


Do the Math: Education and Employment - Sep 25,2012

This week, Ann Avary, of the Northwest Center of Excellence in Marine Manufacturing and Technology (Anacortes, Washington) will interview Heidi Boley, a math and science educator from Oakland, California. What's the connection? Avary says manufacturers and other marine-industry employers often tell her that new hires are lacking in basic math skills. Boley says the schools she works with are highly concerned about graduating students will real-word abilities. Listen in to hear them discuss...


Scout: The Autonomous Transatlantic Boat - Sep 11,2012

Daniel Flanigan joins us to discuss Scout, a twelve foot long autonomous robotic boat designed to cross the Atlantic Ocean, relying only on pre-programmed commands and information that it can collect about its environment through sensors. According to the project website, “It is built to deal with anything the ocean can throw at it” — and its status will be reported live online. Check out the build page to see how Scout is being constructed. The project started in February of 2011, with...


Bruce Schwab on New Battery Technologies - Aug 14,2012

Bruce Schwab (Bruce Schwab Energy Systems LLC) joins us to discuss new and anticipated changes in marine energy storage systems. A two-time solo circumnavigator, he has real-world experience to share with us, both as a sailor and as a marine-industry veteran. Join us to find out what batteries are being used in the world's top yachts, and why.


Surveyors Roundtable: Props & Shafts - Aug 07,2012

Marine surveyor Jack Hornor joins our roundtable crew this week to discuss why good props and shafts go bad. This will be a preview of an IBEX 2012 session on the same topic, with the same caveat: "If you are wrong in your selection and installation method, the result may well be shaft failure leading to a serious accident." Join us for some real-world case studies.


The Art and Science of Sail Making - Jul 31,2012

Carol Hasse is a world renown sail maker with more than 30 years of experience. Since 1978, she has owned Hasse & Company (Port Townsend Sails) and has built a reputation for technical and sail making excellence. In this ProBoat Radio WEST show Ann Avary interviews Carol about the evolution of modern sail making, the use of new technologies and materials, and doing things the right way.


Ready, Set, IBEX - Jul 24,2012

IBEX 2012 is a few short months away. The brochures are in the mail, and the new website is up and running. In this week's show, we invite ProBoat publisher Carl Cramer & editor Aaron Porter, along with IBEX marketing director Anne Dunbar, to join us. Tune in to hear about what's new and different on the trade show floor, and what will be taking place in the seminar rooms this year. IBEX will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct 2-4, 2012.


Scantlings for U.S. Boat Manufacturers - Jul 17,2012

Naval Architect Rob Schofield will be participating in four seminars at IBEX 2012, covering a variety of topics including Fabric Selection and Production Economics in Laminate Design, Composite Materials Testing, Gelcoat Cracking, and Fire Performance of Marine Craft Structures. He tells us he's also very interested in attending the seminar Scantlings: ISO 12215 Update to be presented by Eric Sponberg and Ulrich Heinemann. So, in this episode of ProBoat Radio, we'll take a quick look at...


Anniversary Show 2012 - Jul 10,2012

We started ProBoat Radio three years ago, with Andre Cocquyt as our guest. On July 10, Andre returns for another chat. Please do send us your questions in advance by email: We will be on vacation the week of July 1, so we will not be broadcasting live on the 3rd, but we do encourage you to check out our list of past shows and listen to some that you may have missed. As always, we welcome your comments.


Marine Corrosion Part Two - Jun 26,2012

Air Date: June 25, 2012 As promised, Ann Avary is back to learn more about marine corrosion from Kevin Ritz, and this time he has back-up from Ted Swartz. Ritz is an ABYC Master Tech, CEO of Cruising Essentials, LLC in Oregon and, with Swartz, is part of the team at Electro-Guard, Inc. Marine Corrosion Solutions. In the second part of series, we'll bring you up to date on what we discussed in Part I, and then we'll launch into a discussion of specific case studies, corrosion mitigation, and...


Kurt Hughes's Lunar Lander Project - Jun 19,2012

Multihull designer Kurt Hughes (Seattle, Washington) joins us to share lessons learned from his "Lunar Lander" project. "The mission," he says, "is to build a line of habitable space landers providing creature comforts with low impact on the land and high amazement factor." Inside the lander, there is open space, with external modules for bath, galley, breakfast nook and storage. On top is a clear geodesic dome with queen size berth under it. The dome is suspended by carbon fiber tensors so...


Sailboat Rudder Disasters - Jun 12,2012

At IBEX 2012, Eric Sponberg will present a seminar describing a variety of failed-rudder scenarios. Join us this week for a preview of those case studies including what went wrong, and why.


Marine Insurance Fraud and Field Investigation - Jun 05,2012

White collar crime, including marine insurance fraud, is on the rise, and our surveyors suggest that's because of the current economic conditions as well as the apparent ambivalence on the part of many marine insurance underwriters. Guest Dan Rutherford says, "We are seeing claims presented for mechanical failures, sinkings, theft of equipment and fires that seem to have many suspicious origins." We'll talk about the importance of documenting your case file, what the surveyor is and is not...