Behind the Scenes With New England Boating TV

When you’re co-host of New England Boating TV, you learn to accept the challenges of filming in coastal towns—light, ambient noise, weather and tides. Chatham is no exception, says Parker Kelley, who co-hosts the NESN show, now in its third season, with Tom Richardson. On the first day of filming on June 30, for instance, heavy fog forced the crew to adjust the day’s itinerary. Instead of a 6 a.m. start time at Ryder’s Cove, cameras started rolling at 11 a.m. a few miles away at the Atwood House Museum, where Kelley interviewed Margaret Martin about the Pendleton Rescue exhibit. Shortly into the segment, director Gene Allen had to stop filming and run across the street to ask a landscaper to turn off a leaf blower for 10 minutes. Allen wrapped up the segment by taking some exterior shots of the museum with his video camera drone. From there, it was off to interview artist Scott Feen at his two-story workshop. Next on the schedule: An interview with Andy Baler, owner of Chatham Pier Fish Market, Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar, and Nantucket Fish Company. Baler was part of an ocean-to-table segment, which included a boat ride to his oyster farm in Great Island in Yarmouth, and later, a trip to his restaurant where chef Luke Lowans cooked up oyster tempura from the day’s catch. The next morning, the crew was up at the crack of dawn for a beach yoga segment at Lighthouse Beach. The adventurous day also included a harbor tour with Coast Guard Station Chatham, a seal tour with the Beachcomber, and a Stand-Up Paddleboard sunset glow tour with Adventure Chatham.

New England Boating TV traveled to 12 iconic boating towns over four months this past summer. In Massachusetts, they visited Scituate, Chatham and Newburyport. Visit for updates on air dates and times. The companion publication, New England Boating Magazine, is a sister publication of Cape Cod Magazine. —Lisa Leigh Connors

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