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 #281 . . is now back to its normal monthly production, despite the best efforts of the (!@#$%^) Corona virus.
With the restrictions on the Corona virus ‘lock-downs’ and social distancing slowly being relaxed, everyone who loves the oceans and our world of boating, is really looking forward to getting back on the water.
Despite the weird / shocking / worrying lack of sporting events around the world, we've still managed to assemble a very interesting magazine, although we remind our yachting enthusiasts that just about every sailing competition on the planet has been cancelled, so we have far less performance yachting content than normal, and much more cruising/family sailing.
However, it does look like the COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, and quite a few of the big sailing events are being boldly re-scheduled from later this year and into early 2021. In truth, we can only look over the fence, and cross our fingers, as it would only take a couple of sailors sneezing and coughing to force the programs to be re-cancelled – and that particularly includes the major events such as the postponed Olympics, SailGP programming, the America’s Cup, etc.
At this point (June 2020) we can only adjust our editorial programs, stay flexible, and be as ready to pull editorial material OUT of AB, as put it in! As we’ve done with several features in this later than usual, June issue.
Nevertheless, we did pull a beaut ‘alternative’ magazine together! Some of the features of AB June include:
* June issue continues the superb new anchoring /power winch series by chandlery guru Ruth Cunningham, with the second of her Three-Part Series on EVERYTHING you need to know about anchors and anchor winches in 2020.
* As promised, the iconic magazine section "The Cruising Skipper" returns to AB, with the second of a unique new series of coastal and ocean cruising articles readers are already enjoying. We’re joining the Bradburn family again as they sail their Bluewater 420 ‘China Girl’ down to Tasmania and back to their home base on Lake Macquarie, NSW.
* Fisherman & Boatowner fans will enjoy Mike O’Neil’s terrific piece reviewing what he’s learned from ten trips from Northern NSW up to the Northern Territory chasing barra - as you do!
* We’re not short on boat tests and reviews either, covering everything from the spectacular, just launched Riviera 64 Sports Motor yacht, plus the Signature built Traveler TC200, and a Retro special as we re-visit (by popular demand) our very own Kevlacat 5.2 Tournament “Krazy Kate”.
* You’ll want to check out the completely refreshed monthly Charter World section, which we have upgraded and are preparing for quite a big push this year, commencing with the Cumberland Yachts team up there in the Whitsundays . . . love their work!
* For readers following the ePower movement, the new Tornado/Torqeedo Coach RIB is inspirational.
* Our AB 4WD/AWDs Trailers & Towing section is busy in June issue, with reports on the new Toyota Hilux, Jeep Gladiator, Mazda BT-50 plus an interesting Bushfire Relief program you should know about.
We might be getting into the colder months - but for many, this is the best, most stable time of the year to go boating.