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.
| As much of Australia heads into the winter season, AB April is a mixture of reports designed to make readers think about future directions and boat trends. Front and centre we have regular contributor Doug Lindsay’s unique report on the virtues of renovating a 1987 Haines Hunter 580 SLF. Doug has done a beautiful job on this reno, and no doubt it will inspire many similar projects as readers recognise the potential of buying one of these old 1980s classics, and bringing them back to life. With more than 50 photographs to study, Doug's report will certainly create great interest and challenge the notion that “new” boats need cost a small fortune.
In another thoughtful piece, editor Peter Webster responds to a question from Naval Architect Troy Munnery who asked "What makes a great fishing boat, as distinct from a great boat?" Needless to say, the question is almost unanswerable, as PW explains in some detail providing a number of significant historic examples for readers to think about.
Just when things were getting a bit technical, we then move to the Top End to join Brooke Frecklington, her brother Nathan and husband Dennis in one of the most spectacular Northern Territory adventures chasing huge barramundi we have ever published. This is seriously dreamtime stuff, and will have you calling Virgin Airlines before you’ve finished reading Brooke’s report and watching endless barramundi jumping on their lures – it’s positively heart-breaking in some ways!
As promised, we also follow through with the Sprint Jet Championship Round held in Keith, South Australia, with a range of spectacular photographs and a wild video from ace lensman, Russell Puckeridge.
These are just the headline features - because we also have all your regular sections and columns to enjoy once again in this 120 page April edition.