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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.




P.O. Box 78 41 WoodenBoat Lane Brooklin, ME 04616-0078 207-359-4651


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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.

Duration: 00:34:11

Surveyors Roundtable: In the Boatyard - Mar 05,2013

Seems like just yesterday that establishing proper methods for boat hauling and storage was the hot topic in boatyards and ABYC's TY-28 Guidelines grew out of those discussions. Well, how time flies. That was 15 years ago, as the latest issue of Professional BoatBuilder magazine reminds us. For this week's episode of ProBoat Radio, we'll review the practices that prompted the writing of TY-28 and talk abouat what's changed since then-- and we'll have some great "kids don't try this at...

Duration: 00:34:31

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...

Duration: 00:46:55

Fred Pace and Legendary Marine - Jan 22,2013

Join us for a conversations with Fred Pace and find out what it took for Legendary Marine to become the Dealer of the Year in 2012.

Duration: 00:30:16

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...

Duration: 00:29:11

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...

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The 2012 Innovation Awards - Dec 18,2012

Alan Wendt, chair of this past year's IBEX panel of judges from Boating Writers International, joins us to discuss the 2012 Innovation Award winners. "From a five-dollar part to highly engineered superyacht technology, the judges found innovation for all classes of boating," he says, "These are the products that make boating not only more affordable but also easier for the consumer." Tune in to find out who won and why.

Duration: 00:36:06

Tim Coats on Shock Mitigation - Dec 11,2012

Tim Coats (Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center) has been briefing people for several years on a hot and popular topic, namely Shock Mitigation. At IBEX 2012, he was particularly intent on sharing information that he wanted the marine industry to know about this topic. Join us this week to find learn the source of Coats' concern and passion for educating people about shock mitigation and what it means to the service people who spend time in high speed craft as part of their duty.

Duration: 00:25:09

Surveyors Roundtable: After the Storm - Dec 04,2012

The photos of Hurricane Sandy's path are astounding with boats strewn around like tinker toys. And now it's time for the clean-up to begin. This week, our surveyors ask and answer some questions like, "What's the surveyors role in all this?" and "What do you know when you know the boat isn't going to be totaled?" and " How do you assess major-storm damage?" Join us!

Duration: 00:23:02

Ted Pike on Wood, Boats, and Sailing - Nov 27,2012

This week, we welcome Ted Pike to talk with us about his working life with Edensaw Woods and WoodenBoat magazine, as well as his passion for the Wooden Boat Foundation and life in the Pacific Northwest. With more than a decade of service to the WoodenBoat Foundation and the North West Maritime Center, Ted says his top priority is to keep youth sailing on Port Townsend Bay. Ted and wife, Kate has been working with youth and boats for over thirty years. They own, race and charter their 1956...

Duration: 00:35:46

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...

Duration: 00:35:23

Boatbuilding as a Teaching Tool: For Math! - Oct 30,2012

Our guest is Joe Youcha of Building to Teach. Formerly the education director of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Youcha now spends his time running a train-the-trainers program for hands-on math instructors. "For 20 years, I've been using boat building as an educational tool," he tell us. "In Building to Teach, the idea is to tap into groups that use boat building as a teaching tool, as well as volunteers from industry. We're now funded by the Office of Naval Research. " Youcha is also...

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Dan Crete and Saltworks Marine - Oct 23,2012

Dan Crete is a lifetime all-things-boats guy, and he's translated that love of the water into a specialty for providing service of the highest quality to the recreational boating/yacht market. At IBEX 2012, Dan Crete talked about maximizing customer service during his time at Burr Brothers Boats. For this episode of ProBoat Radio, he'll talk about his new endeavor, Saltworks Marine, based in Marion, Massachusetts. Saltworks is a small, family-oriented and -operated boatyard. Crete says the...

Duration: 00:30:24

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.

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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.

Duration: 00:19:29

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...

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Combatant Craft: Construction Details - Sep 18,2012

Naval Architect David Jones and Mike Bergen (U.S. Navy [ret.]) join us for a conversation about construction details and the importance of doing it right--whether the build is a pleasure boat, commercial vessel, or combatant craft.

Duration: 00:43:38

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...

Duration: 00:27:22

Surveyors Rountable: Wooden Boats - Sep 04,2012

What's the difference between surveying a fiberglass boat and a wooden one? In this episode, our surveyors will focus on wooden hull design and construction, explaining how they detect with rot, corrosion, fractures, and joint failures. We'll also talk about how these problems should be addressed, from the surveyor's point of view. Got questions? Send them now to

Duration: 00:29:43

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