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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| AB #284 . . . we’re now (sort of) back to our ‘normal’ (??) monthly production, despite the best efforts of the Corona virus to make things as difficult as possible!
With the restrictions from the Corona virus ‘lock-downs’ and social distancing slowly and surely being relaxed in most of Australia, we’re holding our breath and praying for our Victorian bretheren as their COVID-19 dramas finally start to ease back, and the numbers keep falling.
Despite the weird/shocking/worrying lack of sporting events around the world, we've still managed to assemble a very interesting 134 page magazine. As most of our yachting enthusiasts and competition sailors already know, just about every sailing competition on the planet has been cancelled, although a couple of big ones are still programmed to start again. These include the Vendee Globe round-the-world solo event, (still) planned to start in France on November 8th. But we still have far less performance yachting content than normal, beyond a couple of updates on the America’s Cup in Auckland, and the latest about SAILGP’s international plans next year, following the America’s Cup.
The BIG (60 page!) feature in AB September, kicks off Stage One of our three month’s “Display” series, with 10 moored or berthed boats from all over, including the Boston Whaler 240 Vantage, the Prestige 420 cruiser, the Larry Graf designed Aspen C108 cruising power cat, the Bluewater 420s and the class-leading Riviera 50 Sports Motor yacht – to nominate just the stand-outs. We then follow up with
1. The latest info for readers following Lia Ditton, the remarkable 40-year-old woman who has arrived in Hawaii – Yes, she has just rowed across the Pacific from USA to Hawaii, and into AB and the record books. A colossal effort by a really tough sportswoman.
2. September has a lot of engine info, ranging from Mercury’s forward-facing sterndrive, to their latest 360hp APX racing V8 - and we cover the release of the mighty V8 Cox diesel outboard in the ‘States.
3. F&B readers have a lot to enjoy in AB September, as we revisit the Dominator 560 series and wonder why on earth this boat isn’t still in production.
4. We’re not short on boat tests and reviews either, covering everything from the just launched Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht (SMY) to the Joe Adams designed Bluewater 420 cruising yacht(s) and take a detailed look at the Beneteau Flyer 9 twins and their big yachting cousin, the handsome, state-of-the-cruising/racer art, Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54.
Add in all our regular features and sections, September is destined to be one of the best selling issues of the year. Enjoy – and if you haven’t seen AB lately, don’t forget it costs nothing to check out the first couple of issues.
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