After a great deal of discussion and thought we have come to the decision to not print the April issue of Afloat. It's a very difficult decision as it is the first time in over 30 years that we have missed printing an issue.
April issue was done and about to go on the press when we made the decision to put it on hold while we explored all options for print and distribution.
Sadly, too many of our major distribution points are closing indefinitely and those that may remain open will have reduced traffic.
We also don't want to impose advertising debts on our long-term clients in this time of economic stress. If you had an advertisement in the April Print issue you will not be charged for it.
In the meantime, WE WILL PUBLISH the APRIL DIGITAL eMAGAZINE on the Afloat website. If you have not already done so I encourage you (and your friends and family) to go to the Afloat website and sign up for the email Newsletter. It will come to your email Inbox and take you to the April eMagazine. We plan to release the April digital issue today Friday 27 March.
We have over 3,000 loyal readers signed up to the monthly Newsletter and we will do our best to grow these numbers. We will use the email Newsletter to communicate with our readers and clients giving them the best and latest boating news and links to Afloat articles published online and to reassure them that we will be here when the world returns to some semblance of normality.
If your business is operating as usual or in a changed capacity and you want to let the boating public know about it, you are welcome to advertise on our website and in the Newsletter.
Afloat will restart the print version when the worst of this crisis has passed. We wish you, your families and friends, and your workmates well in these trying times. Look after yourselves and we look forward to better days ahead.
The Afloat office will operate remotely (perhaps from the isolation of our boat) and we will be monitoring emails so stay in touch.
The AFLOAT Team