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.
|The big news for November is the confirmation of not one, but two new diesel outboards – and for the first time they are weight and performance competitive with petrol 4-stroke outboards. One is produced in Sweden around a tried and proven German Opel diesel engine, the other is a totally new engine from the Brits, with a very interesting F1 background, and backed by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Lots of other interesting new products too, with Volvo’s expanded range of trim tabs sure to appeal locally, and Raritan seem to have (finally) solved the smell problems attached to the use of salt water for toilet flushing – I know it doesn’t sound very exciting – unless you’ve ever tried use all that salt water around the boat instead of the precious fresh stuff, and found out why you shouldn’t.
We’ve got plenty of boats and engines too, ranging from a VERY spoofy Haines Hunter 2100R with a 300hp Merc on the transom (“Fly, be free!) that will get your heart and the babes pumping again. On the other side, we have the very, very chic Oceanis 35.1 – a 2016 yacht that is to die for, with the most extraordinary range of options and configurations we’ve ever seen. Bar none.
We also feature the elegant Jenneau NC11 that is destined for Australia – in a ‘sports yacht’ configuration, and powered by two sweet 200hp Volvo D3 diesels driving thru Duo Prop sterndrives for a combination of high performance, extremely good economy and excellent handling. We look at Mercury’s terrifying 300hp racing outboard, plus the new 150/174 Suzukies, and a bunch of new portables from Honda.
Include the Stingray 7.2 Retro platey, Part 3 of the Dinghy hunt, all the regulars and some 15 (yes, 15 !) videos, and this is one of our best issues. Ever.