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Welcome to Australian Boating (AB) . .

After Australia's firey start to the new decade,
we've made many changes to our publishing
program, including the decision to stop publishing
AB's Fisherman & Boatowner (F&B) as a standalone
magazine. However, it will be continuing as
a major, permanent section of Australian Boating.
AB itself will be bigger, more diverse with several
new sections, and some others toned right down.
From March 2020, the Fisherman & Boatowner
section begins, along with all your favourite F&B
sections (Trailers & Towing, Neil Dunstan's 'Ebb &
Flow", plus boat and tackle reviews, camping and
fishing, etc).
AB will continue to cover the ever-changing
world of marine technology - with a special focus
on foiling sailing craft and multihulls, and the
electric and/ or hybrid power systems emerging.
Now back to a full monthly production in 2020,
after a brief stint as a bi-monthly, commencing with
March #278, Australia Boating (AB) has resumed
its path forward as a big, all-embracing, power and
sail (national) boating magazine.

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In this (late, again!) November issue of Australian Boating, we can see how some major international events are continuing, with the Vendee Globe - the giant, 22,000 nm solo yacht race around the world, the best example. The 30 yachts involved did get away from France in early November, as planned, despite the very strict Covid-19 protocols in place.
Running many of the world’s latest foiling Imoca 60s, the entries and world ranked sailors are generating some of the most amazing ocean yachting photographs and videos the world has ever seen – and they start in this November issue,
The America’s Cup preparations are building up in Auckland, too, with all four ‘second generation’ AC75’s launched now, and practising hard in the Hauraki Gulf as they prepare for their first shoot-out in the December 17-20 America’s Cup World Series as they warm up for the big January Prada Cup Challenge, the semi final (so to speak) for the Big One in March from the 6th -21st 2021.
Now, for something completely different in November . . . . .
“Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife” is a magnificent new “coffee table” book that is a perfect Christmas present; we are reviewing it in AB for all our readers (and their families) who have been distressed this past year over the shocking loss of wildlife in Australia to bushfires. The review is absolutely worth reading in the November issue; and we’ll let you be the judge of the book’s value to Aussie families. Suffice to say here, it is an exceptional publication – and wonderful gift (Grandad – hello! Pay attention to this one) for young families.
AB’s Fisherman & BoatOwner readers have a lot to enjoy in AB November, as we revisit the fabulous Noosa Cat 2400 ‘Walkabout’ and admire how well this boat has been continually improved over time. It remains ‘best in class’ by a long chalk.
In AB #286 we’re wrapping up the cracker two-part series, fishing for the fierce, flighty (and very beautiful) sailfish in tag and release set-ups in many different parts of Australia. Inspirational reading.
Fishermen have several great features including the latest advice from fishing teacher and guru Ryan Moody on the secrets of fishing the gravel beds - with plastics, too!
There’s a lot of good stuff in the 4WDs, Trailers & Towing section in November issue - with reports on a new Land Rover Discovery, the new Nissan Navara for 2021, the HUGE Chev Silverado and the entirely sensible 4WD (or RWD, too) Ford Everest for families.
We’re not short on great products - with new stuff from Torqeedo, (outboards and sophisticated electrical power systems) and Vetus (two new drive systems) and the ‘Float-Free’ EPIRBS being introduced in Oz in January 2021.
Enjoy! We are finally seeing the shackles of the lock-downs and border controls being eased away - and getting back on the water really does help the tourism and boating industries recover.
Stay safe, please, and keep wearing a mask when amongst non-family crowds...

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