Welcome to Australian Boating. . .
Our national, monthly PDF magazine dedicated to all kinds of recreational boats - fibreglass power and sailing boats, imported boats, plate aluminium fishing boats, pressed tinnies, composite fibreglass boats, DIY boats - if it floats, and gets you out there, we're interested!
Australian Boating is an independent, national magazine with a great deal of experience, a passion for all kinds of boating, fishing and cruising - and we are dedicated to helping you have a great time on the water with your family and friends.
The editor, Peter Webster, launched Australian Boating (AB) way back in 1973, and over the years, has been on just about every waterway and fishing ground in Australia. A professional boating photo-journalist, he has tested hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes in a career stretching back some 40+ years. He is a passionate DIY, fishing and sailing enthusiast, and has owned and operated dozens of boats from 3.0m tinnies to 16.0m game boats, in mono, cat and tri configurations.
Australian Boating has a major involvement with marine engines and fitting-out chandlery. We publish Australia's only Outboard Database and regularly feature interesting new info from Mercury, Yamaha, Parsun, Evinrude, Suzuki, Honda and Tohatsu outboards, plus inboard engines from MerCruiser, and Yanmar, Steyr and Volvo Penta diesels. We also keep a careful 'watching brief' on boat design, sailing systems, marine engineering and drive developments all over the world.
Marine electronics is a specialty, and we have an extensive field test program for the top brands in 2016-17, including Garmin, Raymarine, Lowrance, Simrad, Furuno, FLIR, etc.
These are complex, challenging times for the boating world; stay in front with Australian Boating magazine.
| AB February is a little late due to the number of changes we’ve made as a result of readership input and the commercial reaction of the boating world to Australian Boating’s mixed sail and power editorial formula. Long story short, it didn't work, and the great majority of our readers wanted the editorial team to concentrate on our traditional power boating and fishing mix, and pull away from sailboats and yacht racing.
You've spoken, we've listened, and acted already.
We are re-energising and strengthening the editorial team in a big way, including the appointment of our first fisherwoman contributor, Brooke Frecklington. After years as one of Australia's best known "glamour" models, Brooke is no stranger to bikinis or the cameras, but what is not commonly known about her, is that she is one of the most experienced and capable fishing women in Oz. She is destined to make a considerable impact on the fishing, boating and camping content in the magazine.
Aaron Concord is back too. After months off to sort his debilitating health issues, we are all delighted to see Aaron back in harness, and can't wait for him to get back up to speed, especially with his shared passions concerning tackle and technique.
Another pleasing development is seeing our long awaited Mako Craft 5.4m cat (finally!) leave Geelong Vic, bound for the Gold Coast, and a very complex and detailed fitting our program that we’ll feature in the magazine over the next couple of months.
The major test this month is a very special report by South Aussie editor Di Ross, about Nautic Star’s 8.0m SA Sea Rescue platey, a bespoke creation by South Aussie’s wizard boatbuilder, Marco Bacic.
We have all our regular columns and features (including a benchmark Retro Report on the classic 1996 Signature 702 Walkaround (and why it is SO relevant to this day!) in what has developed into a very good 108 page issue.