ProBoat Radio pulls the plug on new shows

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ProBoat Radio, a weekly online show created for the readers of Professional BoatBuilder magazine by Carl Cramer and Barbara Jean Walsh, will no longer air new episodes, but fans can access the complete archives of past shows.

The radio show ran once a week for more than 200 episodes, covering a variety of topics, as well as one melodrama and a “Twilight Zone” parody.

Ann Avary, of the Northwest Center of Excellence, hosted a Pacific focus once a month, and marine surveyors Pat Kearns, Jon Klopman and Steve Knox were “First Tuesday” regulars.

Additional guests included America’s Cup designers, marine educators, inventors, gearheads, weather experts, riggers, boatyard owners, circumnavigators, boatbuilders, project managers, regulators, lawyers, composites experts and all manner of other folk who keep the marine industry turning.

Walsh reported from countries that included China, India and England, and guests were interviewed from various locations while fishing, kayaking, awaiting a plane or attending a boat show.

The shows are listed in chronological order and each description should include a live link to an audio file as well as information about the guest and topic.


4 comments on “ProBoat Radio pulls the plug on new shows

  1. purpleharleygirl

    Barbara Jean Walsh did a tremendous job hosting this show. She was always well prepared and did a great job navigating through a variety of interesting topics. I’ve enjoyed ProBoat Radio and am disappointed it will now live in archival-kingdom exclusively. It was a great service to the industry and was a wonderful educational platform. Thanks to Barbara Jean, Carl and the crew for making this valuable service available to the industry. I’m hopeful someone else will see the opportunity here and resurrect it in the future. Barbara Jean, you will be missed!

  2. Anne Slater

    I don’t see any reason given. What is the nature of the decision to stop producing the show?

  3. Capt Lou

    Check out “Nautical Talk Radio” now in its 22nd year with 1116 one hour programs. Every week you hear what happened in and on the ocean, in our region, and around the world. We talk about environmental issues, Coast Guard activities, survival at sea, homeland security, the boating lifestyle, fish tales, maritime history, and local waterfront events. Go to

  4. Pat Kearns

    Barbara Jean is a creative genius and is always ahead of the communications’ curve. She is a star at everything she does and her time with ProBoat (Radio and e-training) produced a standard setting annual learning event. Her stewardship of the IBEX seminar program is a reflection of herr star in our industry’s sky. Many of us grew to a relative stardom of our own as she provided unique opportunities for us to showcase our talents and skills and to become part of a community of experts sharing their expertise. I can’t imagine IBEX without her but I’ll be in Tampa next year to see as the seminar program moves on. Oh, BTW; she’s the essence of spirit of lifelong friendship.

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