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.
| June issue always heralds the start of the boat show season, and typically, we have a great deal of new product information in this edition. Not in order, but covered in our new products sections, we have the first details on the Suzuki 350hp mega outboard, the world's first outboard with twin propellers. Honda Marine has released their upgraded range of quality four stroke outboards with new styling, mechanical tweaks, and a seven-year recreational warranty! We also look at a fascinating Danish electric boat powered by a Torqeedo electric outboard, but the difference here is that the Rand Picnic 18, Play 24 and Sport 27 have been actually designed around the Torqeedo outboards – with a very sophisticated infusion GRP build technique, too.
Other major features include a quick look at the brand-new Whittley CL1950, a very sweet family fishing boat with a very keen price tag, ensuring it will be popular on the boat show circuit.
Brooke Frecklington has produced 2 maxi-reports on micro-jigging that explains this exciting fishing technique – one that too many fishermen shy away from because they are not sure how to get started. Brooke has certainly put that problem to rest in this issue. Aaron Concord reviews a terrific new video on the secrets of daylight fishing for Barra on our impoundments, and looks at a nifty line puller every fisherman using braid or PE line should have in his tackle box.
We have an excellent report on one of Australia's favourite family fishing boats, the Haines Hunter 585R written and photographed by a well-known Victorian fishing family who just love this model. We also go back to 2005 and investigate the ‘forgotten’ Cruise Craft – one of their best, in fact, the Executive 700 family cruiser. This is the subject of a very special Retro test – although the boat is still (technically) a current model.
Special mention should also be made of the upgraded and rewritten PW classic feature "Monos vs Cats” in what is we think is the fifth itineration of this acclaimed 2-Part series. We should also acknowledge the spectacular introductory feature on Australia's own Grant Trask and his bid for F1 success around the world, and can’t forget we have the intro feature on the ‘mother of all 4WDs’, the mighty Cummins powered RAM 2500. This is definitely a great issue - jam packed with interesting product info and all your regular features to enjoy.