Anchors Aweigh, a podcast for aspiring through experienced boaters, recently launched and is available to listeners through iTunes and Google subscription.
Anchors Aweigh features conversations with boating experts and industry leaders who discuss such things as their experiences on the water, issues that include access, the latest trends, new boats, gear and equipment and boating destinations.
Podcast creator and host Matt O’Hara believes the facts lend credibility to his new platform. According to an Infinite Dial 2016 study, there are close to 60 million monthly podcast listeners in the United States, a huge audience and platform he believes is ideal to reach boating newcomers and seasoned salts.
“I’m excited to bring news and information about recreational boating and its positive effects on boaters and their families,” O’Hara, a former Boston TV media veteran who operates Beckley’s Marina and owns a Freedom Boat Club franchise on Lake George, N.Y., said in a statement.
“One of the main goals of the podcast is to attract people to boating that may perceive it to be out of their reach,” he added. “I’m excited to spotlight guests who share how they learned to boat and their advice for people who are interested in boating so that we can help break down those imagined barriers to entry.”
O’Hara’s initial episodes have featured Freedom Boat Club CEO John Giglio, Freedom Boat Club international sales vice president Barry Slade, Ladies Let’s Go Fishing founder and CEO Betty Bauman, and Taylor Made Products president David Karpinski.
Guests on tap for upcoming podcasts include Dockwa sales vice president Dan DeGeorge, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation communications vice president Stephanie Vatalaro, Boatbound founder and CEO Aaron Hall, SureShade marketing director and “Adventures of Boat Girl” author Diane Seltzer, and Wanda Kenton Smith, marine marketer and founder/event producer of the annual Boaterz n Bikerz of America Hull of a Tour boating and motorcycle group.
“I’m a boating enthusiast, and I’m excited to hear from people from all parts of the industry about the things that are interesting and important to boaters,” O’Hara said. “I was personally looking for a podcast I could listen to en route to the marina every day about boating, but the choices were very limited. That is what led me to launch my own podcast, and I have to say I’m thrilled by the caliber of guests to date and by the extremely positive feedback we have already generated from listeners.”
To listen to the podcast, visit http://anchorsaweigh.libsyn.com/ .