About the author:

Graham Lloyd has been writing about and photographing boats since the mid 1970s. His work has appeared in a number of leading Australian and overseas publications. He was editor of Australian Powerboat for two stints of five years, and a regular contributor to Club Marine Magazine.
Over the decades he has tested, reviewed and reported on some 600 boats covering everything from small 'tinnies' to luxury cruisers and with special attention to high performance boats.
Graham has owned a number of boats from family runabouts through skiboats to offshore sports boats. Working on and restoring some of these has given him an appreciation of the effort and dedication, and financial investment, shown by enthusiastic boat owners.
​​After finding the Australian market for books on power boats to be too small to attract the attention of major publishing companies, Graham has self-published a number of 'coffee table' photo-books on the topic in an attempt to give greater publicity and wider recognition for power boats and the special enjoyment they provide.
Graham is now working to publish more books with help from powerboat owners whom he is inviting to send in details of their own 'special' boats. His objective is to document and preserve for the future the wonderful story of Australia's rich heritage in powerboats of all types and sizes. 
Graham can be contacted by email at [email protected]
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.
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.