Best of New England Boating 2010: Top 10 Videos

Seasons greetings! Dave and I are hoping you are enjoying the holidays and have survived the big Nor’easter (or “Wintercane”, as one Boston weatherman has termed it). All this week we’ll be taking a look at some of the major boating news, events, articles, videos, destinations and reviews we’ve covered in the 5 months since the magazine launched.

Let’s kick things off with a few of the notable videos we shot during the 2010 season.

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Tom Richardson & Dave Dauer
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1. Kayaking the Wareham River

In early May I took advantage of the nice spring weather we had (for a change) and kicked off the season with a paddle along the Wareham River in Wareham, Massachusetts. My friend Matt Hawkins and I launched our ‘yaks behind the Market Street depot and took a short trip to the river’s headwaters at the old Tremont Nail Factory, where we discovered a hidden public launch area.

2. Live-Lining for Narragansett Bay Stripers

Later that month, I found myself getting up at 3:30 a.m. and driving to Bristol, Rhode Island, to fish with Capt. Brian Patterson. I was tired, but by mid-morning I was glad I had made the effort, as Brian put us on some great fishing for early-season stripers in upper Narragansett Bay. The result was some great fishing action and instruction from a top guide on how to catch big, early-season stripers in Narragansett Bay.

3. Buzzards Bay Sea Bass Fishing

More fishing was in store for mid-June, when I shot this video of the world-class black sea bass fishery on Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. We had some great weather, and the fish were very cooperative. The New England Boating crew enjoyed some fresh sea bass dinners that week!

4. QuickTour: Salem, MA

A week later, Dave and I traveled to the North Shore of Massachusetts to film several short “QuickTour” destination videos. One of our stops was Salem Harbor, where we shot this footage of the historic city and some of its many boating attractions.

5. How to Launch a Boat

Hot. That’s what I remember most about shooting our video on how to launch a boat at the Weymouth/Back River boat ramp. The temperature was hovering around 90 as Dave shot this video of me walking Bill Hannah through the process of launching his vintage Starcraft. Boy, did it feel good to finally get on the water!

6. Menemsha Fire Aftermath

On July 12, a massive fire destroyed the boathouse at Coast Guard Station Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard, along with several private boats and a good part of the adjoining pier. Thankfully, the quick actions of local boaters and a fair wind that blew the flames away from nearby buildings and homes limited the damage. A week after the fire I took my boat to Menemsha to see for myself what the harbor looked like.

7. TrawlerFest Comes to Warwick, Rhode Island

Next it was off to Warwick, Rhode Island, to cover TrawlerFest, an intimate, in-water boat show catering to cruising boaters. Dave and I wandered the docks and interviewed some of the attendees and manufacturer reps who were displaying their boats and products at the event. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and we met some enthusiastic boaters.

8. The Bird Island Challenge

On August 15 I was back in Wareham, Massachusetts, to film the 8th Annual Bird Island Challenge, a paddling race from Zecco’s Marina on the Wareham River out to Bird Island Lighthouse in Buzzards Bay and back. I shot some footage of the start, then jumped in my center console and followed the paddlers into Buzzards Bay. I couldn’t keep up with the winner once I hit the no-wake zone.

9. QuickTour: Noank, Connecticut

In late August I traveled to Noank, Connecticut, where I met with Matt Housekeeper, creator of the Long Island Sound website, Matt took me a on a short cruise of the local waters in his 30-foot Bristol sailboat, and showed me some great daytrip destinations and interesting sites.

10. The Archipelago Rally

Fall was frustrating given the high winds that kept me and many New England boaters at the dock. Fortunately, the weather couldn’t have been better for the annual Archipelago Rally, held in late November out of Bristol, Rhode Island. The rally is a small-boat sailing race that also serves as a gathering of old friends and a fun way to cap the boating season. “Any boat with a sail” is welcome to participate, and I captured some interesting vessels in this video.

Are there any events you would like us to capture on video in 2011?

Please let us know your ideas in the comments section below.