After Australia's firey start to the new decade,
we've already made many changes to our publishing program,
including the decision (in early 2020), to stop
publishing AB's Fisherman & Boatowner (F&B) as a
It has since continued as a major, permanent
section of Australian Boating (AB).
AB itself is fast becoming more diverse and
more interesting as we introduce new,
regular sections - notably Tow Sports,
Cruising, e-Propulsion and Charter World,
whilst some others (mainly domestic or Club
yacht racing) have been pulled right back,
reflecting the pandemic restictions.
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.
Through 2021, AB will be published as a bi-monthly,
before returning to its normal monthly production
when the industry (and the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions)
are behind us, and the return to Australia's
normal sporting, economic and boating lifestyle
has begun in earnest.
In the meantime, Australian Boating (AB) will
continue its path forward as an exciting,
all-embracing, power and sail, national boating
magazine for another decade or three!
Australian Boating Is Now Bi-Monthly
Great news for Quintrex followers - we have a 12 page supplement covering the release of 5 exciting new models - and there are more coming. We’d love to hear what you think about these new smooth-sided Quinnies - they look more like GRP craft than “tinnies” – and no prizes for guessing that’s what this big change of heart is all about.
Also in this jam-packed issue, a couple of big boats get the nod, including the sleek Maritimo S600 Offshore Motor Yacht, which is hard up against the equally new and very interesting Riviera 64 SMY - also a Sports Motor Yacht. And they are both competing against the fabulous, outboard powered Beneteau Antares 11 which has arrived in Oz, and is now available for demonstration. This is said to be the biggest selling cruiser in the world – and it’s not hard to see why.
From W.A., we have the photos and specs of Dongara Marine’s awesome 8.0m aluminium-based RIB Hardtop with twin Yammy 200’s. This is a serious weapon for all sorts of work, be it SAR, Medi-Vac, security/police work, or . . . . the possibilities are endless for this tough, no-nonsense set-up.
Multihull sailors will be excited by the success of the striking Multi 50 racer ARKEMA 4 which is close to winning on the European Multi 50 circuit - if it can finally beat its predecessor. . Arkema 3.
Planet Sail’s Matthew Sheahan has a busy show in Episode 13 of his TV Series “On Course” as he covers many different and always interesting subjects from around the . . planet!
AB’s Fisherman & Boatowner readers have a lot to enjoy, especially as Jeff Webster is testing the exceptional PowerCat 2400 Pioneer Fisherman - and has gone back to buying Lotto tickets! It certainly seems to have made an impression . . . and he’s very hard to please . . .
In the 4WDs, Trailers & Towing section we learn all about Toyota’s determined effort to re-invent the LandCruiser, surely one of the most enduring of the current ‘big’ 4WDs we’ve all been using to haul our boats. Is this Series 300 a worthy replacement? See what you think.
And to top off a great issue for trailerboat owners and fishermen, we re-write our classic series on “Buying a 4.3m-4.9m Tinny” because it’s vital for today’s new boating consumers to learn all about the tinny world – especially as it has changed so much in recent years.
We’re very proud of this issue – there are many subtle and nuanced changes to the editorial structure (and some big obvious ones like a brand new “Sports” section down the back) and a terrific collection of videos for hours of video TV entertainment. This includes a superb Rolex-sponsored, Attenborough standard documentary that should be mandatory viewing for students of all ages – as well as all those pollies in Canberra who are in denial about those two words: “Climate Change.”
Enjoy – this is another great magazine, despite the virus! In all, there are no less than 148 pages of magazine and several hours of AB-TV across 14 videos . . . For a bi-monthly cost of just $7.50 – it’s extremely good value - and a great boating experience.