Welcome to Australian Boating (AB) . .
Dedicated to larger, moored craft in both power
and sail, with a special interest in the growing
numbers of fully imported craft, and the very latest
developments in the ever changing world of
marine technology - with a special focus on foiling
sailing craft and multihulls, and electrical power
systems. Now bi-monthly in 2020, commencing
with January #277
. . and AB's Fisherman & Boatowner
Now bi-monthly for 2020, F&B is back for the
small craft owners (‘yaks’ & tinnies especially) and
trailerboat fishermen in fibreglass or plate
aluminium across Australia, “F&B” brings its
historic ‘feet on ground’ perspective for the family
fisherman. Now looking at electric and diesel
outboards, and our reknowned field tests of the
latest fish finders and combo GPS units.
| The January edition (#277) of Australian Boating (AB) magazine is the first - and last - of the bi-monthly series of magazines running side-by-side with AB's Fisherman & Boatowner (F&B), through January and February. Due to the bushfires and downturn in the boating industry, it's been decided F&B will not be published as a stand alone magazine after the "Bushfire Edition" (F&B #20-1) and will revert back to being a big section every month in Australian Boating.
This will reduce the production workload to just one major magazine a month (Australian Boating), and even under the economic (read "drought" and/or "bushfire!") circumstances of the day, we can now sustain this production level through 2020 and beyond. That said, we are nonetheless deeply aware the boating industry is struggling on many levels, and we expect 2020 to be quite hard going in the boating world. Especially as Australia's boat manufacturing capacity is nothing like what it used to be, and there are no real signs of growth in the immediate future.
This magazine unashamedly concentrates on what has been an extremely busy summer of sailing competitions around the country, and although many of them have struggled to cope with the post-bushfire conditions where the smoky atmosphere created all sorts of new (respiratory and vision!) problems, even for the sailors competing in our big, open bays along the eastern seaboard. It hasn’t happened like this before, but with careful and sensible planning, and a heightened sense of responsibility, club officials everywhere managed to get through 95% of the organised competitions.
So for all the youngsters (and oldsters!) competing in dinghies and yachts around Australia over the Xmas-New Year period, this magazine is quite special and has extensive coverage of a wide-ranging list of off-the-beach competitions plus the big events such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, etc.
The powerboat world hasn't been forgotten, especially as the Riviera organisation is launching a powerful new presence in America at the Miami Boat Show with no less than seven models taken across for display, including four that have never been seen in the United States before. We review those craft quickly, to ensure that Australian readers are kept on the pace at the same time as their American counterparts.
Similarly we have a special review of the very appealing Beneteau Swift 41 Trawler Yacht, which is one of those magic cruisers that ticks all the right boxes in terms of size, performance, capability and comfort.
This January-February issue of AB also has a very strong video section, bringing readers up-to-date on the very latest in The Ocean Cleanup, the America's Cup progress, SAILGP and the first 2020 edition of the wonderful World Sailing TV Show.
Lastly, boatbuilder and cruising yachtsman David Bradburn and his crew launch their pretty little Cygnet 20 trailer yacht for their latest cruise – along the Hunter River, out of Newcastle, NSW.
Subscriptions have now reverted to 12x standards – the annual AB subscription rate (back to 12 magazines p.a.) is back to $69 p.a. Orders can be placed, on the spot, right here on this website.