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Summary In this episode, Chris and Brian from Block Island Ferry discuss their operation of the ferry to Block Island. They highlight the vital resources and services they bring to the island’s community, including emergency services and daily supplies. They also emphasize the importance of passenger safety and compliance with Coast Guard regulations. The conversation...
Summary In this conversation, Jeff Merrill discusses his background in sailing and yacht sales, as well as the appeal of trawlers and the importance of the people involved in boating. He emphasizes the need for buyers to consider insurance, pre-qualification, and training before purchasing a boat. Merrill also highlights the role of Vessel Vanguard in...
Join Mark Scibinico in this insightful Boating Insider episode exploring the rich maritime history of Galveston, Texas, courtesy of the Galveston Historical Foundation. Learn about the foundation’s origins dating back to the 1800s, officially incorporated in 1954, and discover the maritime endeavors of the Galveston Historic Foundation. Gain insights into the restoration efforts that contribute...
The conversation covers various topics related to the maritime industry, including the impact of going digital, the importance of safety management systems, and the challenges and benefits of embracing technology. The guests discuss the role of the Passenger Commercial Vessel Association (PCVA) in supporting its members and promoting waterborne tourism. They also highlight the need...
Rhiannon and Kelly dive into… Visit Captain Kelly’s website: https://www.captainkellyjgordon.com/ Show Kelly some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/captain_kellyjgordon/ Show Kelly some love on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0hMUAFubbrX4EH7_ArYWg Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard: https://vesselvanguard.com #yachting #yacht #yachtcaptain yacht captain south fl,yacht captains south florida,yacht captains south fl,boat captain,boat captain south fl,boat captain south florida,yacht captain fl,yacht captain florida,yacht...
Today, we’re joined by Steve D’Antonio, a feature writer, journalist, photographer, and editorialist; he has written well over a thousand technical, seamanship, destination, boat review and historical articles for various publications, including Professional Boat Builder (of which he is the Technical Editor), Ocean Navigator, PassageMaker, Boat US Seaworthy, Soundings, Wooden Boat, and Practical Sailor among...
Today, we’re joined by John Groundwater and Dave Anderson from PVA (Passenger Vessel Association). PVA is dedicated to promoting the interests and the economic well-being of U.S. passenger vessel owners and operators, and associated businesses, while promoting safety and a secure maritime operating environment for passenger vessels operators, passengers, crew, and the public at-large. Visit...
Today, we’re joined by Will Wangel, CEO of Sea Rocket Adventures. We dive into how Will got started with Sea Rocket, the new boats they’re bringing on, as well as how they use Vessel Vanguard to manage their fleet in one system. Sea Rocket Adventures is a watersports company focused on bringing adventure to travelers...
Today, we’re joined by Bob Callahan and Lauren St. Clair from the International WorkBoat Show. With over 900 different companies attending, we dive into what visitors can expect from the 3-day show this year in New Orleans. The International WorkBoat Show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators, and builders, as...
Rhiannon, Captain Kelly, and Captain Stephan dive into mental health issues within the yachting industry, specifically how to deal with toxic crew members as well as the importance of speaking up about unfair treatment. Check out Captain Kelly’s Website: https://www.captainkellyjgordon.com Check out Captain Kelly’s YouTube: @captain_kellyjgordon Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard: https://vesselvanguard.com
Today, we’re joined by Captain Ed Palermo, manager and captain of a MKII 70E Marlow yacht. We talk about how he got started as a mate, working his way into the world of delivery & management before taking over as the full time captain of this boat. Check out Ed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capt_palermo/ Thanks to...
Chris and Lou dive into the world of yacht ownership, discussing things like maintenance costs, scheduling, insurance, and what you need to know before buying a yacht. Lou is the head of sales at Exclusive Yachts, a members-only club delivering personalized yachting experiences worldwide at a fraction of the cost of ownership — and without...
Today, we’re joined by Tom McGowan, owner and president of Engineered Yacht Solutions. Tom started out sanding boats in Lauderdale Marine Center, working his way up to management before starting his own company. Engineered Yacht Solutions focuses on welding, sheet metal fabrication, steel fabrication, machining, and marine plumbing. Throughout the years, these services have proven...
Today, we’re joined by Captain Carrie Jenne, a U.S. Coast Guard approved instructor and a captain with over 20 years of experience. Carrie grew up in Thousand Islands, where as a kid she kayaked through the waterways of the Northeast. She became a crew member on tour boats as a teenager, using her seatime to...
Today, we’re joined by Corey Ranslem, CEO of Dryad Global. Dryad Global provides real time risk information for both recreational and commercial vessel operators via their ARMS (automated risk management solution) software platform. This information helps commercial operators to stay aware of regional hazards and better plan their routes and operations. Connect with Corey on...
Today, we’re joined by Norma Trease, founder of Yacht Knowledge and a board member of the International Seakeepers Society. Norma talks about how she got involved in the maritime industry, the importance of learning hospitality skills early, as well as how she started The Crew Network, the first online crew placement agency. Connect with Norma...
Today, we’re joined by Captain Bob Rando from Captiva Cruises. We talk about Bob’s career as a captain, the importance of planning and scheduling boat maintenance, as well as the impact of Hurricane Ian on Southwest Florida. Visit Captiva Cruises’ website: https://captivacruises.com Show them some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/captivacruises/ Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard:...
Today, we’re joined by Chris Wittman, co-founder of Captains for Clean Water. Chris is a USCG licensed master captain and for nearly 20 years has owned and operated Stillwater Charters fishing & hunting guide service. Having spent his life on the waters and in the woods of wild Florida, Chris had witnessed firsthand the destruction...
Today, we’re joined by Tom Rooney, a tugboat captain at Boston Towing & Transportation with over 40 years of experience. We talk about what it takes to become a tugboat captain, as well as how tugboats & the towing industry have evolved over time.  Tom is the founder & president of Maritime TOAR Assessments, providing...
Today, we’re joined by Jared Hassut from YMS Yacht Management Services, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We talk about how Jared got started cleaning yachts in Miami, before he used his network to get his first boat management contract, eventually scaling his management services into a business. Check out YMS’ website: https://yachtmgtservices.com/ Show them some...
Today, we’re joined by Fernando Diaz from Nordhavn, one of the biggest trawler manufacturers in the world. He talks about some of the biggest mistakes he sees first time boat owners making, how Nordhavn helps new boat owners learn their boat’s systems, as well as the importance of meeting with an insurance agent before buying...
Rick, Tony, Toni, and Katie talk about the impact humans have had on the ocean, the importance of researching and understanding this impact, as well as the ways people can get involved & clean up their environment. Tony, Toni, and Katie are from the International SeaKeepers Society, an organization that promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and...
Rick, Nichole, and Dusan dive into the importance of fire safety on larger vehicles such as boats, RVs, or airplanes.  Nichole and Dusan’s company, Proteng, has a product called ‘THIA’ that reacts to high temperatures and releases fire-suppression gas at the source of the flame. Visit Proteng’s Website: https://proteng.com/ Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard:...
Chris and Wendy dive into the importance of mentorship in the maritime industry, what yacht owners are looking for from captains, as well as the value of having a software to track maintenance and invoices. Visit Sunburst Yacht Charters’ Website: https://sunburstyachtcharters.com Connect with Wendy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-clark-b16012110/ Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard: https://vesselvanguard.com
Rick Heine and Rick Thomas dive into the importance of knowing the full cost of your vessel, as well as how JMS Yachting works with clients to customize a management plan and help them learn more about their vessel. Visit JMS Yachting’s Website: https://www.jmsyachting.com Show JMS Yachting some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jmsyachtingandcareers/?hl=en Thanks to our...
Rick and Justin dive into the importance of preventative maintenance, the value of learning a trade, and why it’s important to design your marine exhaust system specifically for the environment you’ll be boating in. Visit DeAngelo Marine Exhaust’s website: https://deangelomarine.com Follow DeAngelo Marine Exhaust on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deangelomarineexhaust.inc/?hl=en Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard: https://vesselvanguard.com
Rick and Walter dive into how boats have grown more and more complex through the years, as well as how boat maintenance and hurricane planning impact insurance rates. Visit Engel & Völkers’ website: https://www.evyachtsales.com/ Show Walter some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walterjohnsonevy/ Connect with Walter on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/walterfjohnson/ Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard: https://vesselvanguard.com
Rick and Bill dive into the behind the scenes aspects of yacht ownership: preventative maintenance, the cost of upkeep, as well as how hurricanes impact yacht insurance. Visit Captain Bill’s website: https://liveblue.life Show Bill some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livebluecharters/ Show Bill some love on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@livebluemarine/about Thanks to our sponsor, Vessel Vanguard: https://vesselvanguard.com
Rick and Kelly dive into what it takes to be a good leader, what being a captain & managing a crew is like behind the scenes, as well as how Kelly got into the world of boating. Visit Captain Kelly’s website: https://www.captainkellyjgordon.com/ Show Kelly some love on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/captain_kellyjgordon/ Show Kelly some love on YouTube:...

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