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After Australia's firey start to the new decade,
we've made many changes to our publishing
program, including the decision to stop publishing
AB's Fisherman & Boatowner (F&B) as a standalone
However, it will be continuing as
a major, permanent section of Australian Boating.
AB itself will be bigger, more diverse with several
new sections, and some others toned right down.
From March 2020, the Fisherman & Boatowner
section begins, along with all your favourite F&B
sections (Trailers & Towing, Neil Dunstan's 'Ebb &
Flow", plus boat and tackle reviews, camping and
AB will continue to cover the ever-changing
world of marine technology - with a special focus
on foiling sailing craft and multihulls, and the
electric and/ or hybrid power systems emerging.
Now back to a full monthly production in 2020,
after a brief stint as a bi-monthly, commencing with
March #278, Australia Boating (AB) has resumed
its path forward as a big, all-embracing, power and
sail (national) boating magazine.
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| AB #280 . . is the third of the re-organised AB magazines, now back to its normal monthly production.
With the restrictions on the Corona virus ‘lock-downs’ and social distancing slowly being relaxed, everyone who loves the oceans and our world of boating, is really looking forward to getting back on the water.
Despite the lack of sporting events, we've still managed to assemble an interesting magazine picking up on the need for the industry to get its "feet back on the ground" and concentrate on the production of family boats in both power and sail, a theme we’ll be continuing this year.
Meantime, features in AB May #280 include:
This issue is headed with a superb new series by chandlery guru Ruth Cunningham, with the first of her Three-Part Series on everything you need to know about anchors and anchoring in 2020.
As promised, the iconic magazine section "The Cruising Skipper" returns to AB, with the first of a new series of coastal and ocean cruising articles, readers are going to adore. We’re joining the Bradburn family as they sail their Bluewater 420 ‘China Girl’ around the East Coast of Australia in the coming months – starting with their shakedown cruise to the Whitsundays in May issue.
AB-TV interviews Sir Russell Coutts about the impact of the corona virus on SAILGP programming; there’s a delightful, in-depth interview with Tom Slingsby (by top Olympic sailor, Lisa Daminin) and a look inside the British INEOS operation with Sir Ben Ainslie and his wife Georgie, as they explain why they are making emergency PPE equipment for the British NHS, instead of making sails.
We’re not short on boat tests and reviews either, covering everything from an overdue focus on the Haines Signature 460C, a 6.1m Bar Crusher, the impressive Sailfish 3200 Platinum, a big 60 foot Steber and the charming new Island Gypsy 46.
And just to get the pulses racing, John Daffy has produced a magnificent report on how several FNQ women have taken their fishing skills to another level (as we can see on this cover with the kids and their big ‘red’ fish!) which will have most (isolated) (miserable) (bored) fishermen chomping at the bit….