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Sailing and Cruising the East Coast of the USA

English, Social, 1 season, 109 episodes, 2 days, 21 hours, 41 minutes
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Welcome to the Sailing the East podcast. The hosts for the show are Bela Musits, who has many years of sailing experience, and Mike Wasserman who knows almost nothing about sailing. This podcast will consist of discussing sailing destinations around the East Coast of the United States. We will also provide interesting and helpful information about sailing, sailboats, and all sorts of sailing and cruising related topics. We love to hear from our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected]. Thanks for listening. Bela and Mike Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bela-l-musits/support
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EP-107 Mark Darling - Sailing the New England Coast

In this episode, Bela Musits interviews Mark Darling, an avid sailor from Massachusetts. Mark's sailing journey began on a small lake, where he first developed his passion for the sport. Now, he enjoys exploring the beautiful coastline of New England, navigating its waters and seeking out some of the best sailing destinations in the region. Our conversation delves into the world of sailing, with Mark sharing his experiences and insights, as well as some of the must-visit sailing spots in New England. It’s a great episode, so be sure to subscribe and listen. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
5/10/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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EP-105 Return from the Bahamas, Now What? - Mike Malekoff

In this podcast episode, Bela Musits interviews returning guest Mike Malekoff.  In previous episodes, we followed Mike's journey from Lake Champlain to the Bahamas and his return to the USA. While he meticulously planned his trip to the Bahamas, he hadn't quite figured out what he would do upon his return to the United States. Since Mike doesn't live on his boat full-time, he needed to find a place to store it during hurricane season. As it turns out, this task is not as simple as it sounds. It's crucial to thoroughly read your boat insurance policy, as certain requirements may need to be met to maintain coverage. Additionally, it's important to avoid the rush of other boaters who are also seeking storage for their vessels during hurricane season. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
4/12/202454 minutes, 42 seconds
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EP-104 Chris Kubisiak - Psychology of Sailing

In this episode, Mike Wasserman and Bela Musits interview Chris Kubisiak. Chrisd is a repeat guest, as he was in EP-101. He is an organizational psychologist by training, but is a passionate sailor who actually got his start in racing, and has done a lot of chartering throughout the Gulf, in the Caribbean and a few more exotic destinations. Given his background in sailing and training as a psychologist, Mike and I thought it would be good to have a conversation about the psychology of sailing.  From Racing to Cruising to how the community is so supportive. You can contact Chris at [email protected] Hope you find our conversation as interesting as we did. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
3/29/202446 minutes
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EP-103 Catalina 445 Grounding and Repair - Mark Teizen

In this episode, Bela Musits interviews Mark Teizen. He is a repeat guest, having been on the podcast in episodes 79 and 80.  This episode is the conclusion of the grounding of his Catalina 445 onto the beach and the subsequent refloating of the boat and repairs. Mark discusses the lessons he learned from the experience, including the repair process and tips for working with the repair facility. It’s a great episode, so be sure to subscribe and listen. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
3/15/202446 minutes, 2 seconds
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EP-102 Carter Yepsen - Cruising the New England Coast

In this episode, Bela Musits interviews Carter Yepsen.  He recently purchased a sailboat and spent the Summer of 2023 sailing Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay and up to Marblehead.  He did much of the trip solo and finished up the Summer sailing his boat through NYC and up the Hudson River to Lake Champlain.   A remarkable summer for even the most savvy sailor, but other than a few charters, this is Carter's first Summer cruising. Let’s dive right into the interview with Carter. It’s a great episode, so be sure to subscribe and listen. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
3/1/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 24 seconds
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EP-101 Chris Kubisiak - Avid Sailor who Sails on others people’s boats

In this episode, Mike Wasserman interviews Chris Kubisiak.  Chris is from Tampa Florida, one of the great sailing destinations in the United States.  Chris is an organizational psychologist by training, but is a passionate sailor who actually got his start in racing, and has done a lot of chartering throughout the Gulf, in the Caribbean and a few more exotic destinations.  He is also a broker that helps others buy and sell sailboats. You can contact Chris at [email protected] It’s a great episode, so be sure to subscribe and listen. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
2/16/202452 minutes, 54 seconds
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EP-98 Larry Freedman Living Aboard and Cruising Florida to New England

Bela Musits interviews Larry Friedman in this episode of the podcast. Bela met Larry three summers ago at the Shafe Harbor Cove Haven marina. Larry retired several years ago and, along with his wife, lives full-time on a cruising power catamaran. They spend summers in New England and winters in Florida. Larry shares what they have learned traveling down the East Coast of the United States twice a year. He also discusses why they purchased their power catamaran and the process of moving onto the boat full-time. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
1/5/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 43 seconds
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EP-87 Mike Malekoff - We Made It Back To The USA Part 2

This is the second part of a podcast in which Bela Musits interviews Mike Malekoff. Mike is a frequent guest on the show, and we have followed his journey from Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain south to the Bahamas. We now get an update on his return trip to the United States. If you missed part 1, check out episode 86. In this episode, Bela and Mike discuss Mike's experiences on his return trip, including the challenges he faced and the things he learned. They also talk about Mike's plans for the future. This is a fascinating episode that will appeal to anyone interested in travel, adventure, or self-discovery. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
8/4/202351 minutes, 39 seconds
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EP-86 Mike Malekoff - We Made It Back To The USA Part 1

This is the first part of a podcast in which Bela Musits interviews Mike Malekoff. Mike is a recurring guest on the show, and we have followed his journey from Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain south to the Bahamas. We now get an update on his return trip to the United States.  In this episode, Bela and Mike discuss Mike's experiences on his return trip, including the challenges he faced and the things he learned. They also talk about Mike's plans for the future. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
7/21/202345 minutes, 16 seconds
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EP- 80 Mark Tieszen Part 2 How Do I Get My 45-Foot Sailboat Off the Beach?

Our guest on today’s podcast is Mark Tieszen.  Mark is an experienced sailor who has one sailboat on the Great Lakes and another in Florida.  He shares with us how a coastal sail in Florida turned into a minor disaster as they hit bottom on the way into the harbor.  The momentary grounding resulted in a jammed rudder and loss of steerage.  They soon ended up washed ashore on the beach.  What happened next was the really interesting part of the story.  This is part two of our conversation, make sure you listen to part one and the beginning of this adventure.    If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
4/28/202344 minutes, 40 seconds
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EP- 79 Mark Tieszen Part 1 A Nice Sailboat Cruise Turns Ugly

Our guest on today’s podcast is Mark Tieszen.  Mark is an experienced sailor who has one sailboat on the Great Lakes and another in Florida.  He shares with us how a coastal sail in Florida turned into a minor disaster as they hit bottom on the way into the harbor.  The momentary grounding resulted in a jammed rudder and loss of steerage.  What happened next was the really interesting part of the story.  This is part one of our conversation, make sure you listen to part two and the ensuing adventure.    If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast.   Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
4/14/202345 minutes, 59 seconds
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EP-78 Mike Malekoff - Sailing from Lake Champlain to Bahamas - We Made It! - Part 2

On today’s podcast, we are welcoming back a familiar face to our regular listeners. Mike Malekoff. Mike was a guest back in episodes 66, 72 & 73.  When we first met Mike, the goal for him and his wife was to sail from Lake Champlain in Vermont to the Bahamas.  In each episode, we have followed their progress. Back in EP-66, Mike was in the “dreaming and planning” stages for the trip.  In EP-72,  Mike shared with us the casting off of the lines in Burlington VT, and heading South via the Champlain canal to the Hudson River.  In EP-73 Mike talked about the trip down the East coast to Beaufort, NC.  Our most recent discussion is broken into 2 episodes. During our conversation, Mike was in the cockpit of his boat at a marina in the Bahamas.  They had some challenges in this leg of the journey so make sure you listen to both EP-77 and EP-78. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast. Our podcast is now also available on YouTube, just search for “Sailing the East” https://www.youtube.com/@sailingandcruisingtheeast We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
3/31/202338 minutes, 36 seconds
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EP-65 Solo Sailing Part 1 - Docking

Hello and welcome to the Sailing and Cruising the East Coast of the United States podcast.  This is part 1 of a 3 part series on solo sailing. In this episode, Mike and I talk about docking the boat solo.  It’s taken me over 2 seasons to figure out how to dock the boat solo in most conditions with confidence.  The key “discovery” was using 2 large round ball fenders at the stern of the boat.  This allows me to come into the slip stern first and nuzzle up to the dock.  I then leave the boat in reverse idle and the boat will just stay there and I can get off the boat and secure the lines. Make sure you listen to the episode for some other key tips.  Also, be on the lookout for part 2 - solo anchoring/mooring and part 3 - controlling your sails solo. If you would like to support the podcast, we now have a Patreon page.  Just go to Patreon.com/sailingtheeast. We love to hear from you, our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you know someone that would be an interesting guest on the show, please reach out to us and let us know—wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
9/9/202242 minutes, 40 seconds
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EP-34 New Anchor Chain for Paradox

Hello and welcome to the Sailing the East podcast.  This is our podcast about sailing and cruising the East coast of the United States.   In some episodes we will focus on passages and destinations, in other episodes, we will talk about boats, equipment, and techniques, and when we come across an interesting person, we will try to get them as a guest on the show. Today we’re are going to talk about the new anchor chain I purchased and installed on Paradox, our 2009 Hunter 45 DS. As a reminder, we purchased Paradox in the Fall of 2020 and she came with 25 feet of anchor chain and 200 feet of ⅝ 3 strand nylon rode. After doing some reading and given the type of sailing we do, I decided on 100 ft of chain. The anchor windless is a Lewmar V2 with both a gypsy and a drum. On Lewmar winches there is a code stamped into the gypsy. The code on my gypsy is 002 which according to the Lewmar website means the proper chain is 10mm DIN 766 or ⅜ G4. This is interesting because the chain that came with the boat is 5/16 G4.  The 5/16 chain seems to work OK in the windless, but I just deployed it once. You must be careful because the wrong size chain can jam or prematurely wear out the gypsy.  So, I ordered ACCO brand ⅜ G4 anchor chain from Defender.  Defender is a great place and I find they consistently have the best prices.  There are lots of brands of anchor chain and in reading forums, ACCO seems to be one of the best.  Seems like the big variable in anchor chain is the quality of the galvanization.  So a good quality galvanization is important. The next thing I needed to figure out was how to get the anchor chain from the car to the boat and then onto the boat.  100 feet of ⅜ chain weighs about 160 pounds.  What I came up with are using three 5gal pails to carry the chain.  At Defender, we put about ⅓ of the chain in each pail.  So each weighs just a bit over 50lbs. When I got to the marina, I was able to load all 3 pails into a cart and take them down to the boat. At the boat, I was able to get each bucket, one by one, onto the boat and forward to the anchor locker. I then, one pail at a time, flaked the chain into the chain locker.  I then ran it through the anchor windless and attached the end to the anchor with a new shackle I purchased. I still need to splice the nylon rode to the end of the anchor chain.  But for the time being, I secured the end of the anchor chain with a line to the eye hook in the anchor locker. I will splice the nylon rode to the anchor the next time I am at the boat.  BTW, I did find 2 great YouTube videos on how to splice a line to an anchor chain.  One was by Free Range Sailing and the other by Dalton Brand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqVF4NcpqXs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E6W-Y9gNok So, all in all, getting a new anchor chain worked out well.  The 3 bucket idea for carrying and moving the chain around worked out great. Thanks for listening!  We will be spending most of the summer sailing around Narragansett Bay, Long Island Sound, and Buzzards Bay.  Hope to see you out on the water. We love to hear from our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected].  If you would like to support the podcast, click on the sponsorship link below.  For as little as 99 cents a month, you can help defray the costs of producing this podcast.  Wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
7/30/202122 minutes, 2 seconds
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EP-5 Sailing Destination: Port Washington NY

In today’s episode, we explore the destination of Port Washington NY.  Port Washington is in Manhasset Bay, on the north side of long island, it’s near NYC, so it is a great stopover when transiting the East River and heading South or North via NYC. Manhasset Bay is mostly private homes, or more accurately, private mansions.  It is well worth hoping in the dinghy and riding around.  What a beautiful bay with huge mansions all along the shore.  Some are old, classical looking mansions and others are newer, very modern looking.  Part of The Great Gatsby movie was filmed in some of these mansions. There is a great mooring field run by the town of Port Washington.  You can get a mooring for $25/night and it includes the water taxi. Check out the links below. Port Washington Moorings Manhasset Bay Marina Great Gatsby Boat Tour Narinatto - Korean Restaurant DiMaggio's Trattoria We also have another podcast, with over 100 episodes titled, The Unconventional Path: Entrepreneurship and Innovations Stories with Bela and Mike.  Feel free to check it out. We love to hear from our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected]. Wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
11/28/202012 minutes, 55 seconds
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EP-4 Sailing Overnight from Marion MA to Port Washington NY.

In today’s episode, Mike and I discuss an overnight passage from Marion, Massachusetts to Port Washington, NY.  That’s a distance of approximately 150 nautical miles.  Marion is located in Sippican Harbor which is off of Buzzards Bay and Port Washington is in Manhasset Bay, which is on the north side of long island, very close to NYC.  It makes Port Washington a great stopover when transiting through NYC via the East River. We discuss the challenges of sailing at night and how to plan your passage so you arrive at your destination during daylight hours. We also have another podcast, with over 100 episodes titled, The Unconventional Path: Entrepreneurship and Innovations Stories with Bela and Mike.  Feel free to check it out. We love to hear from our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected]. Wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
11/20/202024 minutes, 27 seconds
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EP-3 Sailing Destination: Marion MA, Beverly Yacht Club, and Tabor Boy

In today’s episode, we will explore the destination of Marion, Massachusetts. Marion is located in Sippican Harbor which is off of Buzzards Bay. If you haven’t sailed Buzzards Bay, put it on your bucket list. Marion and the Beverly Yacht Club are located a short sail off of Buzzards Bay in Sippican Harbor.  If you are transiting through the Cape Cod Canal, it’s a very convenient stopover. If you’re a sailor, you may have heard of Marion, as it is the start of the Marion to Bermuda race.  The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is held in odd-numbered years, from Marion, Massachusetts to the island of Bermuda, a distance of 645 nautical miles One of the highlights of this trip was getting a mooring right next to Tabor Boy, a ninety-two foot, gaff-rigged, two-masted schooner.  Check out the links below. Beverly Yacht Club Marion to Bermuda Race Tabor Boy Marion MA We also have another podcast, with over 100 episodes titled, The Unconventional Path: Entrepreneurship and Innovations Stories with Bela and Mike.  Feel free to check it out. We love to hear from our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at sailingtheeast@gmail Wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
11/6/202028 minutes, 10 seconds
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EP-2 Sailing Destination: Wickford RI.

In today’s episode, we will explore the destination of Wickford RI.  It’s located on the Western shore of Narragansett Bay.  It’s a great harbor and a wonderful, quaint, New England town. It has several excellent marinas, some wonderful restaurants downtown, and a fabulous old historic Main Street with houses dating back to the 1700’s  It is a must-stop if you are sailing on Narragansett Bay. Additional Information on Wickford: https://wickfordvillage.org/ Links to marinas: Wickford Marina Safe Harbor Wickford Cove Wickford Shipyard Pleasant Street Wharf We also have another podcast, with over 100 episodes titled, The Unconventional Path: Entrepreneurship and Innovations Stories with Bela and Mike.  Feel free to check it out. We love to hear from our listeners, send us your questions, comments, and suggestions at [email protected]. Thanks for listening.   Wishing you fair winds, and calm seas. Bela and Mike --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bela-l-musits/support
11/5/202018 minutes, 1 second