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Boat Radio – Ocean Research Project – Riding out a tropical storm in The Bahamas

In this final edition of Matt Rutherford’s podcast, he falls down a hole on a Bahamanian island and lands right on top of a garbage bag filled with marijuana. He then rides out a tropical storm at anchor before heading out into open ocean with a ruined engine. And that’s when he’s becalmed and finds himself bobbing along, riding the Gulf Stream for two weeks, heading north. He also talks a little more about Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava who were adrift in the Pacific Ocean for five...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 62. Organising owner’s manuals

What do you do if your new-to-you boat comes with a huge stack of paperwork in various binders and folders, all muddled up and stored in more than one locker? Well, as usual Carolyn Shearlock has suffered exactly this problem and has nailed a solution. Carolyn has many years of experience living on board boats and her tips are sure to save you time and money. Her website, The Boat Galley, is the most comprehensive list of cruising knowledge anywhere on the internet. Hundreds of thousands...


Boat Radio – Bob’s No Wake Zone – Eagle days and that AMAZING solo circumnavigation

KC Cloke talks about Eagle Days at the Lake of the Ozarks. Plus, Bob learns all about French skipper François Gabart’s extraordinary, world record breaking, 42-day circumnavigation. Also this week, One Source Services Alex McDonald and Paul Shifferdecker from Marine Max on Boston Whalers and Boat Shows. Bob’s No Wake Zone is the world’s number one boating radio show. It comes to you every week from the town of Osage Beach on the shore of Missouri’s Magic Dragon, otherwise known as the Lake...


Tales of the Thames – Mudlarking with Nicola White

Author Michael John finds for treasures along the foreshore of the River Thames with renowned mudlark Nicola White. Mudlarks are urban beachcombers who scavenge for items of interest or value in the muddy banks of tidal rivers. In London, when the waters withdraw, vast expanses of silty, rocky, rubbish-strewn sludge are exposed along the length of the Thames, and that’s when Nicola goes to work. Over the years, she has amassed a huge collection of items, from gold jewellery to messages in...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 61. Life’s more interesting when you say ‘yes’

Facing fears, overcoming nervousness and trying new experiences. This week, Carolyn advocates enriching your life by saying ‘yes’ to things you’d ordinarily avoid. The Boat Galley website is the Number One online resource for the cruising community worldwide. You’ll find hundreds of tips and tricks for making your boat life better with real life examples drawn from Carolyn Shearlock’s many years of experience living aboard boats. Plus, there are lots of great recipes and a wealth of...


Boat Radio – Bob’s No Wake Zone – Author Rochelle Pennington on courage, love and the importance of family

Rochelle Pennington joins Bob to talk about the extraordinary history of Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship and its legendary skipper, Captain Santa. Mike Kenagy – executive director the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association – looks ahead to the boat shows coming up in 2018, starting January 4th. Plus, David Dickerson of the NMMA talks about the new wakeboarding rules. Bob’s No Wake Zone is the world’s number one boating radio show. It comes to you every week from the town of Osage...


Boat Radio – Sarah O’Kelly at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center plus Rick and Jasna at the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club

Rick Page and Jasna Tuta have spent much of the past eight years sailing to some of the most remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. Boat Radio spoke to Rick and Jasna in summer 2016 and we thought it would be great to find out what they’ve been up to since then. To our surprise, they’re anchored just off the world’s newest royal yacht club, in a location even they describe as isolated. Sarah O’Kelly is the creator and owner of Skippers Review, an awesome review and recommendation website for...


Boat Radio – Postcards From Sea – Albi the German Lad

Epic jam sessions, seasickness and how best to resolve conflicts with your shipmates. In this latest edition of Postcards From Sea, John Herlig discusses these and other pressing issues with his good friend and fellow traveller Albi the German Lad. The pair also try to figure out at what stage it’s reasonable to start calling yourself a ‘sailor’. *** Four years ago, in a boatyard in Reedville, Virginia, John Herlig stumbled across a tatty old sailboat called Ave del Mar. On the surface,...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 60. Shopping by example

Don’t just turn up at a foreign chandlery and hope they know what you’re talking about. If you need a replacement part for your boat, take the old part with you. That way you’re not going to end up buying something that doesn’t fit. Carolyn Shearlock has many years of experience living on board boats and her tips are sure to save you time and money. Carolyn’s website, The Boat Galley, is the most comprehensive list of cruising knowledge anywhere on the internet. Hundreds of thousands of...


Boat Radio – Bob’s No Wake Zone – maritime training and a look ahead to boat shows in 2018

This week, Bob is joined by Boat US vice president Heather Lougheed. Admiral Jerry Achenbach is also in the studio, talking about much needed maritime industry training programs. Jeff Rogers is back to talk more about One Source Services and Kyle Barafrede from Marine Max will be looking ahead to boat shows coming up in 2018 Bob’s No Wake Zone is the best boating radio show available anywhere in the world. It comes to you every week from Osage Beach o the shore of Missouri’s wonderful Lake...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 59. Is cruising for me?

Do you have what it takes to join the cruising community? Would you quickly become tired of living on a boat? Would you miss your home comforts? If you’re considering giving up your life on land and heading out to sea, STOP! Take a deep breath and listen to this podcast first. Carolyn is the creator of The Boat Galley – the most comprehensive list of cruising knowledge anywhere on the internet. Hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the globe visit her website every month....


Boat Radio – Bob’s No Wake Zone – Delivering 1,000 Christmas trees with the US Coast Guard!

Commander John Stone of the USCG Cutter Machinaw explains his mission to deliver 1,000 Christmas trees to hard-up families in Chicago. Bass Pro Shop’s Johnny Morris has done it again. The Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and Museum has opened in Springfield, Missouri. Hear all about it in the second part of the show. Marty Ostronic is the new owner of One Source Services at Lake of the Ozarks. He pops in to tell Bob all about his new venture. Then Chad Crouch from Marine Max is on the line,...


Boat Radio – A family’s epic voyage

For more than ten years, Bruce and Tiffany Halabisky have explored the world aboard their 1952 John Atkin-designed sailboat, Vixen. Along the way they’ve crossed the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, they’ve circumnavigated the globe, visited more than thirty countries and welcomed two children into their lives. Daughters Soli-Anna and Seffa-Jane were born in New Zealand and Brazil. Mike McDowall spoke to this remarkable couple last summer. To find out more about Boat Radio and to learn...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 58. You CAN do it!

“If you can read, you can do anything.” That was the lesson drummed into Carolyn Shearlock when she was a child and, boy-oh-boy, did she take it to heart! This week, Carolyn encourages you all to step outside your comfort zones and attempt things we’ve never done before, like climbing the mast to repair and reinstall your boat’s anemometer or stripping down and servicing your watermaker. Carolyn is living proof that her mother’s mantra is true – that with diligent research and a methodical...


Boat Radio – Bob’s No Wake Zone – 10,000 pounds of garbage and a runaway boat!

How to protect your outboard. Rich Carroll from Boat US Marine Insurance has advice for boat owners following a recent increase in thefts. There’s great news from the Fall Shoreline Clean-up Team - ten thousand pounds of trash was removed at the end of the summer season. Also this week, news from the Catastrophe Field Teamworking hard in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma. Bob’s No Wake Zone is the world’s best boating radio show. It is broadcast every week from Osage Beach on the...


Boat Radio – Tales of the Thames – Joseph Conrad – from the archive

Author Michael John explores the London aspect of Joseph Conrad’s celebrated novella Heart of Darkness. He examines Conrad’s relationships with the people he met there and also with the River Thames itself. Michael John lives in southeast London in a house overlooking the Thames. The Anchor and Hope, which features in Heart of Darkness, is his local pub. Find more terrific Tales of the Thames in our archive. For more information about Boat Radio and to learn how an advert in our podcasts...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 57. Stocking spare parts

A quick, comprehensive and invaluable guide to the essential spares you’ll need to carry if you’re planning to spend a good deal of time on board your boat. Carolyn Shearlock has amassed a great wealth of experience during nearly two decades of living on board first a monohull and later a catamaran. She, husband Dave and boat dog Paz are currently based out of Marathon, Florida, where they are actively involved in the huge campaign to clean up Boot Key Harbor following the destruction...


Boat Radio – Bob’s No Wake Zone – Christy Janssen appointed LOTO Shootout boss

Waterfront news and the new executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, plus Captain Dave Truitt of the Chicago Marine Heritage Society shares the story of US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw – Chicago’s Christmas tree ship. Bob’s No Wake Zone is the world’s best boating radio show. It is broadcast every week from Osage Beach on the shore of Missouri’s magnificent Lake of the Ozarks. The lake – known as the Magic Dragon – has more coastline than California and attracts tens of...


Boat Radio – Linus Wilson on the notorious rescued women sailors and Beneteau at FLIBS 2017

On October 25th, two women and their pet dogs were rescued after drifting in the Pacific Ocean for more than five months. Jennifer Appel and Natasha Fuiava were picked up 900 miles southeast of Japan. The pair had set sail from Hawaii on May 3rd bound for Tahiti and the passage should have taken no more than three weeks. What happened? Well, their explanations have met with a barrage of criticism. People simply don’t believe their story and sailors particularly have been very quick to...


Boat Radio – The Boat Galley – 56. Tracking down a fuel problem

This week, Carolyn takes us step-by-step through the frustrating process of tracking down a persistent engine problem. The exasperation Carolyn describes will resonate with many boaters. Just finding the source of the problem can take forever, never mind applying a solution. But engine trouble can’t be ignored and it is important to devise a methodical plan and stick to it. For more terrific tips and tricks designed to make boat life better, visit Carolyn’s wonderful website, The Boat...