I can remember when I was 6 years old falling overboard in Allerton Bay with my father, brother, and uncle after our dinghy capsized while rowing back to shore from the mooring. At the time my family had a 24' Chris Craft. My wife and son are great navigators. We have cruised the East Coast many times from Maine to Florida, on the "outside" in the ocean and on the intracoastal waterway. We have done the trip from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale in 6 days, and we have done it in 26 days. The twenty-six day trip was the best! When you do it in 6 days, it is too much like work! Over the years I have calculated that I have logged more than 40,000 miles between Maine and Florida. We have also done extensive cruising throughout New England. My favorite destinations are still Boston harbor and Cape Cod. In 1992, I was Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club in Braintree, Massachusetts, where I have been a member since 1980. I am a LIFETIME TRUSTEE and LIFE MEMBER of that Club. I am also a LIFE MEMBER of the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association - the oldest saltwater fishing club in New England.
In 2016 II helped get my hometown of Hull, Massachusetts, designated a Coast Guard Municipality.
I am a member of the following organizations:
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
Mass Marine Trades Association
South Shore Harbormasters Association
Quincy Bay Race Week Association
Commodores' Club of America
Massachusetts Boating and Yacht Club Association
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Boat Writers International
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
I attend many of NOAA's New England Fisheries Management Council meetings, the state's Division of Marine Fisheries hearings, many Coast Guard ceremonies and functions, and have served as a judge at IBEX and the NMMA boat shows.
"Nautical Talk Radio' has been on 95.9FM WATD since 1992. The live broadcast of the show is also streamed around the world at www.959watd.com and re-broadcast of the last 4 shows are on line at www.nauticaltalk.com.
Some of the featured guests on the Nautical Talk Radio:
Author of Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger
Author of Hungry Ocean Linda Greenlaw
Amercia's Cup Boat Builder Eric Goetz
Ralph Leek - Ocean Yachts
Katryn Theodoli - Magnum Yachts
Mike Fiori - Outer Limits Boats
Reggie Fountain - Fountain Boats
Bruce Kessler - TV Director
Jean Michel Cousteau
Treasure Hunter Barry Clifford (Whydah)
Treasure Hunter Sean Fisher (Attocha)
John Greviskas - Ship Shape TV
Don Kent - TV Weatherman
Dr. Sylvia Earle - Environmentalist and Author
NOAA Ocean Explorer Dr. David Gallo
Cast of TV Show "Wicked Tuna"
Coast Guard Coxswain Bernie Webber - Rescued Pendleton Crew
Sig Hansen - "Deadliest Catch"
Nautical Talk Radio has received national recognition and has won numerous broadcasting awards including Boston radio's BEST INTERVIEW OF THE YEAR award sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the March of Dimes. The program has been nominated twice for the BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS radio broadcast in the Boston radio market. I have also received the Len Hadley Lighthouse Preservation Award presented by the American Lighthouse Association. In 2003, the Associated Press awarded Nautical Talk Radio first place for the Best Talk Show in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and former Commanding Officer Pat Higgins of Station Point Allerton Coast Guard presented me with the Joshua James Lifesaving Coin.