is The Coastal Passage?
The publication began when Bob Norson had
been sailing with his wife Kay, long enough to realise that other
publications did not reflect what was really happening out there
or the people involved. The image projected from established
media was not true to the views and lifestyle of the boating
community but rather tailored to the needs of advertisers. Bob
suspected/hoped, that boaties would choose content and FREE spirit
over shine so decided to try to produce a free newsprint publication.
The problem was he barely knew how to send
an email so his very patient partner Kay learned the programs
and typed in his ugly handwriting to make the first few editions
work. ("Oh come on Kay.. How hard can it be?")
The style of the thing is as an informal
conversation you might find at any "sundowner" with
a gathering of boaties on a beach, drinks in hand, talking about
matters from serious to silly. The paper is now read by over
100,000 people every edition and has improved considerably in
quality since it's crude beginings.
The paper is an advocate for boaties rights
and prides itself on it's integrity and independence.
The paper is not run for profit as a first
priority. It is run for the benefit of the community and hopes
the advertisers see the benefit of being associated with a publication
dedicated to public service.