EPISODE 11: Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Attempting to cover all of Lake Winnipesaukee in a single episode was a daunting task, but the intrepid NEBO crew did its best. With Fay’s Boatyard in Gilford serving as headquarters, co-hosts Parker Kelley and Tom Richardson climb aboard their Boston Whaler with local boater Tom Lacey, who points out some important things to know about the lake, such as its many shallow ledges and the navigational buoys, which can be confusing if you’re used to the saltwater system.

Later, the crew visits with Bill and Jack Irwin of Irwin Marine at their Paugus Bay location, where the senior Irwin shares his tales of Winnipesaukee history, in which the Irwins feature prominently, having started their marine business in 1919 as a Chris Craft dealership. Also on tap is a tasty dock-and-dine meal at the Town Docks restaurant in Meredith, plus an impromptu interview with local children’s book author Andy Opel.

Later, Tom stops by Shep Brown’s Boat Basin farther up the lake to interview to chat with owners Charity and Bill Littlefield. This full-service marina features valet rack storage, a launch ramp, a fuel dock, ship’s store and more. It’s also located on a quiet corner of the lake, close to numerous small islands and protected coves.

Other highlights include tubing and waterskiing fun (don’t miss Parker showing off her mad waterskiing skills), fishing for landlocked salmon at dusk with fishing guide Jason Parent, an interview with the skipper of the Mount Washington, and a visit to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro. What a show—and what a lake!

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