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
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
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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With the restrictions on the Corona virus ‘lock-downs’ and social distancing slowly being relaxed, and hopefully pushed back out of our lives, boating enthusiasts and fishermen, sailors and divers – everyone who loves the outdoors, the oceans and our world of boating is really looking forward to getting back on the water.
Lifting the restrictions has come not a moment too soon. Producing this May-June #291 issue of Australian Boating this past month, we have experienced more editorial problems than we'd normally share in over a couple of years!
Schedules of organised sporting events in both power and sail the world over are still in disarray– and that leaves some HUGE question marks on the planning board. Like the Olympics . . . . .
However, our problems are nothing compared to those of the professional sailors, athletes and industry folk whose lives and incomes depend on the continuation of their boating and sporting worlds.
We'll be doing much more on this subject in the coming months, but in the meantime, check out these features in the big AB May-June issue #291:
* In this packed issue, a couple of big boats get the nod, including the vast Lagoon 55 from France, and the very impressive Aquila 54 that will leave most Powercat or Oceantrek owners drooling in envy - but “if you’ve got it . . “ etc!
* Beside these big boys, we look at a Julian Griffiths’ stunning new composite 7.0m sportfisherman he’s built on the Sunshine Coast at Noosa, Qld. You won’t believe the stats on this amazing rig.
* Multihull sailors will be excited by the launch details of the striking Multi 50 racer ARKEMA 4 which is about to enter a bunch of Euro high performance competitions. Watch this space!
* The 36th America’s Cup wrapped up in Auckland - and Planet Sail’s Matthew Sheahan explains how the Kiwis beat the Italians, and in Episode 11 of his engaging Series, “On Course” shares how Ben Ainslie beat Tom Slingsby in Bermuda.
* Fisherman & Boatowner readers have a lot to enjoy, especially as Jeff Webster has re-joined the AB Team, testing the very impressive Stabicraft 2250 Centre Cab - another fishing & family platey that will inspire many Aussie fishos.
* In the 4WDs, Trailers & Towing section we learn about the new 2021 Ram 1500, admire the new Mazda BT50 “Thunder” and Toyota’s suave Kluger SUV.
* BTW: Long term subscribers should note that although we’ll only produce one big mag every two months thru 2021 - the magazine’s numbers will keep ticking over, just as they have for the last few decades – so there won’t be any confusion, even when things go back to our ‘normal’ monthly scheduling. Hopefully, by February or March next year.
Enjoy – this is another great magazine, despite the virus! In all, there are no less than 134 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.