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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 of the new bi-monthly series of magazines running side-by-side with AB's Fisherman & Boatowner (F&B), which is also bi-monthly. The magazines are now produced on alternate months, with this issue of AB covering January-February, and its next issue covering March-April. Likewise, F&B will next be published as February-March, and then April-May, etc.

In effect, this will reduce the production workload to just one major magazine a month, and under the economic (read "bushfire!") circumstances of the day, we are confident we can now sustain this production level through 2020 on both magazines. 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.

So 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 mighty Riviera organisation is launching a powerful new presence in America at the Miami Boat Show (next month) 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. Of interest, this new Swift 41 is replacing the international popular Beneteau Swift 44 – something you don’t see very often, but Beneteau believe this new design is better again, despite being a smidgen smaller in overall dimensions.

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 changed a little – the new annual AB subscription rate (for six magazines p.a.) is now $48. Orders can be placed, on the spot, right here on this website.

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