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.
Two big stories came in at the last minute for September - and the first concerned the publicity around the “Reef Behind The (Great Barrier) Reef” which has caused great excitement in scientific circles and could ultimately re-draw the charts of the GBR with hitherto impossible accuracy. And re-identify some serious fishing grounds. We also received the latest reports of our Para sailors’ colossal run for Gold in the Rio Paralympics. (Well done, team!) for our intro story. Full report in October issue.
Other September features include details of an impressive new Aussie built GRP Matilda 32 cruiser, a traditional approach to the ‘day’ boat cruiser, and powered by a single, sensible and extremely economical Yanmar inboard diesel. We also have a first look at Mackay boat builder Darren Brand’s latest 7.6m plate hardtop (another diesel – this time a sterndrive), and fell off our perch when we discovered Trailcraft’s Brett Martin’s new venture: He’s building plate alloy 10.5m (plus smaller and larger) line and trap boats for commercial fisherman. Designed by fellow West Aussie Adam Schwetz and built in Fremantle, WA this is an interesting new brand to follow – especially for serious fishos.
We also look into the latest and very smart Beneteau Antares 7 trailerable (2.5m beam) boat weekender and re-open the investigation we did nearly 8 years ago, into all that makes 4.3m Tinnies so special. We’re going to buy one ourselves as a project boat for 2017-2018, so we are going to buy hard and spend our dollars VERY carefully in what will be a 4-5 Part series. AB #238 has a very interesting 4WD section (with the new Haval H6 SUV info) whilst this month’s Retro is the humbling, mid-1970s Haines Hunter 773 just to remind us where the words a ‘classic hull” originated.
September issue . . another solid read by the AB Team.