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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.
|We'd like to think we saved some of our best material for the last issue of the year 2018! It is certainly another issue where diversity is the key – and it ranges from how you can organise a voyage on Australia's own tall ship, HMB Endeavour, next year. She is sailing to Hobart, New Caledonia, and New Zealand in 2019 – and this is the best bit: they are looking for crew to join them "before the mast" in what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
From the other end of the spectrum, one of the major features in AB December is Peter's review on the big Four Winns 240HD OB “bowrider” although in some ways it is closer to a small cruiser than the Australian concept of the bowrider. It's a big, powerful boat by any definition, with a ride and stability unlike anything you've experienced before in this class. It is possibly the best family day boat we've used in several years.
And writing about family boats, we were delighted to see Beneteau has brought back a new generation of their famous "First 25" family sloop – this is a genuine return to the more traditional concept of family yachting, although the rigging and deck set up is as modern as tomorrow. It also has a proper inboard diesel auxiliary – thankfully, not one of the more contemporary little outboards on a bracket out the back. And that's what makes this new First 25 S so appealing – it retains the traditional values families look for in a safe, comfortable family craft, but with all the best modern features.
Lots of controversial stuff in this issue too - Don McIntyre, Race Director of the Golden Globe Race, responds to AB Editor PW’s questions concerning the viability of the race continuing with less than a handful of competitors left….And in the same mood, PW spits the dummy in Part Five of our series of reports examining the issue of plate ally boats vs. pressed aluminium boats - and draws a somewhat surprising conclusion . . . .
AB December also takes a look over some special luxury craft, and presents reports on Wes Moxey’s big new Belize 66, and the Galeon 620, an amazing cruiser winning awards for innovation at boat shows and displays all over the world. We particularly love the drop-down bar set up (not kidding) on either side of this spectacular cruiser.
We also welcome back Derek Appleton’s high-performance Voyager 930 Mk11 Grand Sport, one of the most eagerly awaited performance cruisers in Australia, now with a completely revamped and redesigned superstructure over what remains one of the best powered catamaran hulls ever put in the water in Oz.
On top of all the boat features though, we have a lot of chandlery and electronics this month, and to put you in the summer holiday mood, Brooke and Denis go fishing and exploring up the inside of Fraser Island in Hervey Bay. So check your subscription, make sure it's up-to-date - because you won’t want to miss this excellent Summer Holiday issue of Australian Boating!