SpinSheet, the Annapolis, Md.-based sailing magazine, has launched an online gallery of downloadable photos of Chesapeake Bay sailing events on its Web site at www.spinsheet.com.
SpinSheet intends to incorporate photos from major regatta and non-racing events all over the Bay as the season progresses.
“Every month, SpinSheet readers request copies of photos we’ve printed in the magazine,” said editor Molly Winans in a statement. “This is our chance to share hundreds of updated photos with active Bay sailors and their families every week of the season.”
Southern Boating names Hanrahan senior editor
Southern Boating magazine in Fort Lauderdale named Robb Hanrahan senior editor.
Following a 20-year career as a television anchorman in New York and Miami, Hanrahan decided to combine his passion for boating with print journalism. He is responsible for new boat reviews and producing the gear and technical features sections. At Marine Business Journal, where he also serves as senior editor, he writes about new products, company and industry news and marketing and merchandising.
Hanrahan lives aboard his 39-foot Sea Ray at a marina on Key Biscayne, Fla. He has a captain’s license and is a member of his local Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Former associate editor Risa Merl was also promoted to senior editor. She is responsible for destinations, regional reports and boat buyers guides for Southern Boating and various news departments for Marine Business Journal.
Duncan McIntosh merging two boating magazines
Duncan McIntosh Co., an Irvine, Calif.-based publisher and boat show producer, has purchased Boating World magazine and will merge it with the company’s own Go Boating magazine into a single title.
“We’re rocking the boating world,” said publisher Duncan McIntosh.
He said these two magazines, when combined, will form one of boating’s strongest publications.
Details of the merger have yet to be worked out, but McIntosh said the two magazines will be combined into one title, beginning with the September issue. Operations for Atlanta-based Boating World will be moved to California, although McIntosh said he may keep a sales office in Georgia.
The new title of the combined magazine “will most likely be Boating World,” he said.
Boating World, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, was previously published by Trans World, and has a circulation of 100,000, according to BPA, an industry circulation auditing company.
McIntosh’s California-based Go Boating is in its second decade of publication and has a circulation of 90,000, according to BPA.
In addition to Go Boating, the Duncan McIntosh Co. publishes Sea magazine, a Western boating title that is currently celebrating its 100th year, and a pair of California biweekly boating and fishing newspapers: The Log newspaper and FishRap. The company has produced several California in-water boat shows — including the Newport Boat Show and the Lido Yacht Expo — for more than three decades.
“We are going to combine the strongest features and elements of Boating World and Go Boating — including the editorial, boat testing, new media and the best of our circulations — to create the strongest media choice possible for reaching the North American recreational boating market,” McIntosh said.
“We looked at the numbers, and it was just a great opportunity,” McIntosh said. “Our subscriber studies show that Go Boating readers have the highest average household income and net worth of anyone, and they proportionately purchase more new vessels versus used than any other marine publication. Boating World consistently has the highest number of paid subscribers in the under-34-foot powerboat category. The fun will be in taking this to the next level by taking both magazines apart and putting them back together again to meet the challenges of a changing market.”
John Szefc of W.B. Grimes & Co. represented the seller in the transaction.
— Melanie Winters
Iboats.com introduces free monthly e-publication
Salt Lake City-based iboats.com has launched a free monthly boating e-publication, the iboats.com Review, which is being e-mailed to 116,000 subscribers who had previously received the iboats.com monthly Transom e-newsletter.
The first edition of iboats.com Review contains 99 pages and can be seen at http://www.iboats.com/iboats_review.
“Several years ago we started an e-newsletter to the boating public,” said iboats.com chairman and CEO Bruno Vassel III in a statement. “It grew and gained popularity as people shared it with their boating friends. Over time, we also received many good suggestions on how to make that newsletter better.
“We have changed its name to the iboats.com Review, and dramatically changed its format by using state-of-the-art digital publication technology built specifically for the Internet,” said Vassel.
Bill Prince, publisher of ClassicYachtMag.com, is the new editor and design director, and Ed McKnew, publisher of The PowerBoat Guide, is chief contributor.
The iboats.com Review offers monthly features including new- and used-boat tests and reviews, boating destinations, boating news, how-to articles for do-it-yourselfers, nautical humor, ask-the-expert tips, boat buying and selling tips, and other sections such as new product introductions, photo contests and the sharing of favorite seafood recipes.
Boatbuilders and parts and accessories manufacturers are encouraged to submit new product information.
Hammerman named Yachting account manager
Arnie Hammerman was named Western account manager for Yachting magazine. In addition, he also will serve as Western regional director of the entire Bonnier Marine Group.
Hammerman, who comes to the magazine from Power & Motoryacht magazine, has more than 20 years sales experience in the marine industry.
Published monthly by Bonnier Corp., Yachting magazine reports on every aspect of the luxury lifestyle both on and off the water. Founded in 1907, Yachting is one of the marine industry’s oldest titles.
A division of Bonnier Corp., the Bonnier Marine Group has more than 30 magazines, Web sites, events and television shows.
This article originally appeared in the July 2008 issue.