COFFEE-TABLE
PHOTO BOOKS ON
POWERBOATS
This series of  large format (32 by 28 cms) hardcover books using premium lustre photo paper is intended to document and preserve at least part of the history and tradition of powerboats in Australia.
Originating from my archives covering 30 years of reviewing some 600 boats for magazines such as Club Marine and Australian Powerboat, the books present details of the boats in spectacular style. Large colour photos and easily read text make for relaxed and enjoyable browsing as well as for serious study.
Additional to boats from my archives, I am now preparing books that feature 'your' boats. This provides a wonderful way to celebrate ownership of your boat and to record all that you see as special about it. Whether as a feature in a larger book, or as a book dedicated to your boat(s), the resulting volume will be a treasured keepsake for you, your friends and for your family including future generations.
​​WHY THESE BOOKS?​​
My primary objective with the books is simply to record as much detail and history of each boat as I can. Every one of the boats is special in some way, whether as an individual 'masterpiece' or as an example of the type of boat that was available on the Australian market at various times. ​​Or simply as a boat that is proudly owned, or maybe one that has been refurbished or modified.
While books on sailing boats are comparatively plentiful, there are very few publications like these on powerboats in Australia. If the details of such boats are not recorded now, they may soon (unforgivably!) be forgotten.
I did mass-print my first self-published book 'Australian Cool Boats' back in 2002. While market research indicated good interest in such a book so that I invested in professional design and a print run, actual sales at $35 a copy were limited and I lost money on the project.
So I won't do that again, but I learnt a lot, had great fun producing the book and have no regrets at all. I still have a few copies  left (see on 'THE ARCHIVE BOOKS' page).

For these books now, after investigating alternatives, I use the USA-based Blurb self-publishing system. I found this gives me the best approach to designing and laying out the books, and the best quality in printing. Their customer service and support is also excellent. There are less expensive self-publishing options, but they don't give the same quality, abiities, features and flexibility as Blurb.
It's not only details of the boats that I wish to document, but also the dedication, perseverance and hard work invested by the owners. Such investment means that these boats are loved, used, maintained and, where required, repaired or refurbished - or rebuilt even - so that they survive and thrive. The owners, some would call them custodians, and the craftsmen who work on the boats, deserve recognition and sincere gratitude from all of us who see, enjoy and appreciate the boats that they keep running on our beautful Aussie waterways.
​​THE BAD NEWS!​​
Let's get the bad news out of the way. Regretfully the market for books such as these is not nearly sizeable enough to attract publishing companies, nor to justfy the costs of mass-printing. Therefore they are viable only through self-publishing and one-off printing. The unfortunate consequence is that the print cost is from  $100 per copy including GST and shipping within NSW.
If the cost is more than you wish to pay yourself, consider sharing it with a few friends and passing the book around. If you are in a Club or association, consider buying the book as a Club reference. They make superb gifts too.
I'm sorry they are a bit expensive. At this stage I don't know of an alternative way to document all these great boats. If there is a benefactor/sponsor anywhere who would like to fund a volume print run, please let me know!

THE GOOD NEWS!
On the other hand, there's virtually nothing else like these books; they are more like a collectible item than 'just' a book. The images and information they contain are unique, as is the impression they create. On a coffee table or in a bookshelf, the books stand out and attract attention. You will be proud to own one - and to 'show it off'!

MORE GOOD NEWS!
And now it's possible for your own boat to be featured in one of these books. Essentially you send in suitable photos and details and I will lay out the pages to present your boat, or boats, in great style.
There is no charge to do this apart from maybe buying a copy of the book - unless you wish to have your boat featured on a cover, or to have a book dedicated to your boat(s); see more under the 'YOUR BOAT IN A BOOK' button at the top of the page. I simply wish to record the details of as many Aussie boats as practical.