HOW TO HAVE YOUR BOAT(S) FEATURED IN A BOOK

As my main objective is to document as many Australian powerboats as practical, I'm offering an opportunity for you to have your boat included in an upcoming book.
Having a feature on your boat in a coffee-table style book is a great way to present and preserve its story. .

The first step is for you to email me at pbtbks@gmail.com with brief details of your boat, one photo of it, and anything specific you have in mind.
I'll promptly let you know how best to proceed. 

Please read through the following points and check you're okay with them.
​​ THE BASICS: ​​
1. The boats in the books look sensational - your boat will too!​​
2. There’s no charge to have your boat included in a book. I hope you buy a copy of the resulting book, but you don’t have to do so. The cost of the book will depend on how many pages it ends up with, and that depends on how many boats. The books are printed in the USA, so prices can vary with exchange rates.
3. This is not a money-making venture for me – the costs noted are those of printing and shipping. I’m just a life-long enthusiast for powerboats and have a passion to see more of them recorded as part of Australia’s maritime tradition. I appreciate your participation to achieve that.
4. To keep the cost down, and to have the timeframe as short as possible between you sending in the information and the book being printed, I start with three or four boats in a 20-page book. The cost for that, including postage in NSW, is about $100.
5. Later, I assemble multiple such books into an 'omnibus' volume of 200 to 240 pages and that costs between about $225 and $245. Alternative intermediate sizes (and associated costs) can be requested - for example if a group of friends or a club want all their boats in one book.
6. Publishing takes time, although I try to have books printed as soon as possible as noted in point 2 above. However, it might be some months before the book comes out, especially if I'm waiting for other boats to come through. Please be patient - it's worth the wait! I’ll keep you informed of progress.
7. The published material is copywright to me.  

OPTIONS:
1. When the book is ready to print, I’ll let you know if one of your photos is suitable for a cover shot. If you’d like to have your boat featured on the cover, that can be done for a one-off cost of $75 (in addition to the book itself). I then arrange a special printing for you.
2. A book can be dedicated to your boat or boats or your boating history or similar - if enough suitable information and photos are available to fill at least 20 pages. Such books start at $350 for the first copy. Email me your ideas and requirements and I’ll come up with a cost for you.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BOAT:
1. The more information you can provide about your boat or boats, the better can be the resulting feature.
2. Please email the information to me - pbtbks@gmail.com. It does not need to be ‘word perfect’; rough notes or bullet points can do the job. I’ll format those into the text needed for the book. 
3. Click on the photo at the bottom of this section for a check list of the information you could provide, but basically the points to include are any known history of the boat right back to when it was built – when, where and who by if possible, any (significant) previous owners, when and where you bought it and who from, why you bought it, its basic specifications (length, beam, engine(s), transmission, prop(s), fuel and water tanks, etc), what it’s built from (if wooden – what timbers used where), any work you’ve done on it (noting any craftsmen or engineers who helped do the work), cruise and top speeds (at what engine revs), who is your usual crew, where and how you usually use it, any long trips you’ve undertaken, how you feel your boat handles and performs, any shows, races or other competitions your boat has been in and the results plus how you enjoyed (or otherwise!) the event, any special or unique features your boat has, and anything you plan to do on or with it in the future.
Click on this image for a checklist on the suggested information you could provide about your boat:













PHOTOS:
1. As with information, the more photos you can provide, the better. Click on the photo at the bottom of this section for tips on how to take great boating photos. Marine photography can be tricky! Having your boat in a book is a once-off opportunity – obtaining the best photos possible is well worthwhile. However, these points here set out the main requirements.
2. Existing photos you may have could well be all that’s needed. Clear and sharply focussed images are obviously best. I do not offer a ‘photo-shop’ service; you should get that done elsewhere beforehand if needed.
3. Digital images in the jpg format are easiest. File sizes should ideally be between 1 and 7 Mb, but smaller and larger files can be used (preferably no larger than 10 Mb though). Very small files will affect the appearance of the image in the book, and limit how much it can be enlarged.
4. I can scan slides/transparencies, photo prints or magazine articles and similar for you; the result will depend on how good is the original. Slides should be in a mount, everything else loose/unframed. There will be a small cost for scanning – I can quote once the type and number of originals is known. Or you can get them scanned yourself and send in the resulting digital images.
5. If you have say just four or five images, please email them through to me at pbtbks@gmail.com. If more than that though, please provide them on a USB stick – ask for my postal address.
6. Whilst just one good photo of your boat can be enough, it doesn’t really do justice to it. At least four photos is a step in the right direction – one each of the boat running, of the helm/driving position, of the saloon or cockpit depending on the type of boat, and of the engine or galley again depending on the type of boat. Plus preferably one of the owner - and partner where applicable. Best though is a variety of photos so I can choose those which will feature to greatest effect in the book – ideally anything up to 50 images.
7. In that case, the photos should include static shots from different angles, running shots also from different angles (including from directly ahead and astern, and some with the boat heading left, some heading right in the image), shots of the cockpit(s), helm position, the saloon, galley and cabins of larger boats, engine or engine bay photos, trailer shot(s) if applicable (including showing the transom and prop/rudder where possible), and any special features of the boat. Ideally some photos should show you and your usual crew (family/friends etc) enjoying the boat, plus a good ‘head shot’ photo of the owner (and partner where applicable).
Click on this image for tips on how to take great boating photos:













​​ QUERIES:
Please email me with any queries you may have. I'll reply promptly.