Welcome to Australian Boating. . .
Our national, monthly PDF magazine dedicated to all kinds of recreational boats - fibreglass power and sailing boats, imported boats, plate aluminium fishing boats, pressed tinnies, composite fibreglass boats, DIY boats - if it floats, and gets you out there, we're interested!
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.
The editor, Peter Webster, launched Australian Boating (AB) way back in 1973, and over the years, has been on just about every waterway and fishing ground in Australia. A professional boating photo-journalist, he has tested hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes in a career stretching back some 40+ years. He is a passionate DIY, fishing and sailing enthusiast, and has owned and operated dozens of boats from 3.0m tinnies to 16.0m game boats, in mono, cat and tri configurations.
Australian Boating has a major involvement with marine engines and fitting-out chandlery. We publish Australia's only Outboard Database and regularly feature interesting new info from Mercury, Yamaha, Parsun, Evinrude, Suzuki, Honda and Tohatsu outboards, plus inboard engines from MerCruiser, and Yanmar, Steyr and Volvo Penta diesels. We also keep a careful 'watching brief' on boat design, sailing systems, marine engineering and drive developments all over the world.
Marine electronics is a specialty, and we have an extensive field test program for the top brands in 2016-17, including Garmin, Raymarine, Lowrance, Simrad, Furuno, FLIR, etc.
These are complex, challenging times for the boating world; stay in front with Australian Boating magazine.
|July issue leads off with a "stop press" Comment on the shock closure of Alvey fishing reels, announced this month to the dismay of thousands of fishermen across Australia, who have used these indestructible reels for generations within families. We'll be following through in August with an in-depth report about the Alvey situation.
Otherwise, it's a very exciting, happy issue. Top of the table is a terrific video on how the Kiwis slam dunked the over-confident Americans in the 35th running of the America's Cup in those weird and wonderful foiling AC cats – amazing vision!
Another top story concerns the release of a brilliant Beneteau Barracuda 6 Walkaround which is the most innovative, interesting and genuinely new trailerboat we’ve seen in ages, and the sort of design standard we've been waiting for – yes, it would be better if it was from an Australian boat builder, but like the car industry, we are entering a new era of internationalism in boatbuilding, and this new Beneteau is just a forerunner of what's to come.
Giving credit where it's due, Whitley has stumped up a new 6.0 stern drive version of their popular Sea Legend range, and it certainly looks the goods in this crucial and highly competitive part of the market. But then, Mike Jessop brought along his extraordinary 6.0m, plate ally cylinder Oceancraft walk around with a 30° deep-vee which is tough as an old boot, probably the safest boat in Australia (guaranteed unsinkable) and curiously, one of the softest riding and most stable boats in this class.
Brooke Frecklington is fast becoming one of AB’s most popular contributors with a huge personal following, and whilst her bikini fishing prowess no doubt has a little bit (!!) to do with it, the fact is, she's a damn good writer. Her skill in this area is very much on display in the superb report she has prepared for interstate families dreaming of a wonderful holiday on the Tweed Coast – only 45 minutes or so from all the Gold Coast theme parks the kids (and the adults) love, but about 30% - 40% cheaper than the glitter strip, with the magnificent Tweed River running through the beautiful Tweed Valley providing a wonderful natural backdrop to family trailer boating at its best.
July #248 also has Part Two of the upgraded and re-written PW classic feature "Monos vs Cats”, and all the regular columns and sections, including the Retro Test (Glacier Bay 2270), Trailers & Towing (the 2017 Disco), Hooked on Brooke and Trask Racing (see footage of Grant’s to sleep big spill in France!). Enjoy this great issue.