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.
|Another very big issue of AB, with an amazing array of editorial, ranging from the RAN’s latest air warfare destroyer (not kidding) to a beautiful set of pictures covering the desert blooming in central Australia and filling up Lake Eyre to create an inland sea . . definitely worth the trip to SA.
The lead feature is all about stern drives – not the most popular system anymore, but as the cost of outboards goes back up through the roof, we’re tipping stern drives will find new fans – especially if they want diesel reliability and economy.
We pre-empt Northside Marine bringing in their first Jeanneau NC9, and work with Clint at Whitewater Marine testing the sweet Buccaneer 605 Cuddy from NZ. Part 2 of our perennial 4.1-4.3m Tinny Series looks again at outboards – and my, haven’t they shot up in price in the 8 years since we last looked!
We also have a wrap on the final Paralympics results in Rio, and then duck up to Cairns to feature the amazing “Thunderbolt” a huge thrill-seeker RIB powered by four – yes, FOUR x 300hp Mercury Verados – all thanks to the gang at Raging Thunder in Cairns who do such a mighty with the tourists.
Of interest this month too is a enlarged 4WD section with the humungous GMC dually on centre stage, surely the ultimate tow master – but it had plenty of company with a Mitsy, a Disco, Trailblazer and a hot Nissan also in the Trailers & Towing section.
Plus all the regular sections and columns – including Gary Fooks’ blast at the authorities over the E10 politics, and the Retro Test from 2001 of the Haines Signature