Mechanical, Educational, and Maritime Industry Podcasts
For folks working in the industry, Boating Industry magazine recently release their Boating Industry Insider podcast, hosted by the publication's editor, Tim Hennagir. Listen on iTunes or stream Stitcher as Tim interviews industry insiders and does some deeper dives into industry developments and new products.
For those employed in the superyacht industry, interested in breaking into it, or just mildly curious about what goes on behind the scenes, SuperYacht Radio provides some fascinating insight. Based in Palma de Mallorca (superyacht central), SYR broadcasts a mix of music, industry & community reports, and interviews with industry leaders and yachting brand representatives throughout the day. If you're as podcast-obsessed as I am, you can go straight to the source and stream their interviews from their website. Download the free SuperYacht Radio app for iPhone or Android to stream some fabulous beats to cruise to, no matter your LOA. You can also stream via the aforementioned TuneIn app, AppleTV, and their homepage.
While not boating-specific, sometimes when you're neck-deep in boatwork it helps to have mechanics with a dry sense of humor to keep you company. You won't get out of an episode of CarTalk without learning a thing or two about mechanics from Tom and Ray, the two salty-meets-brainy sibling mechanics who demystified cars while cracking wise week after week for more than three decades (and broke my little heart when they retired in 2012). Stream the show archives on the CarTalk website or download in iTunes, Google Play, Audible, and at Amazon.
One podcast I found while putting this post together is Mad Mariner, which sadly appears to have stopped streaming some years ago but the archives still offer in-depth looks at specific boats, engines, and equipment as they hit the market up until 2010.
Great Loop Radio
Even if you're not cruising the Great Loop, AGLCA Radio has loads of tips for cruisers as well as regional-specific episodes to help you get to know your nearby harbors. Some of my faves to start with:
Maritime History Podcast
Holy smokes, seek and ye shall find just the podcast you were looking for. I'm new to this show, but the Maritime History Podcast is chock-full of cool historical info and I can't wait to check it out. For a smaller dose of maritime legend, check out Episode 42 of Astonishing Legends to learn the fate of The Mary Celeste.
If you're in the mood for a longer listening session, tune into maritime classics like Sailing Alone Around the World and A Voyage for Madmen with an Audible subscription.