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Motorboat Owner is closing

Statement from Neale & Claire at MBO

Copy of email to subscribers: 30 Jun at 15:59

This email comes to you not with the usual excitement of a new issue, but with the sad news that Motorboat Owner has closed. We are sure that you are as disappointed as us with this announcement, but events have conspired to ensure that we were left with no alternative. We have shed blood, sweat and tears over the last eight years to ensure that MBO is the best motorboat magazine in the UK, and judging by our reader numbers, and feedback received, we met that target, and then some. We were, without doubt, the most widely read magazine on the subject in the UK. Unfortunately this alone was not enough to keep us afloat, and sadly there will be no more issues of Motorboat Owner.

We would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the readers who have enjoyed the journey with us. Your messages of support, and your editorial contributions freely given, have been an inspiration that kept us plugging away for the last 91 issues. We would especially like to thank those that have donated to us over the last few months. We hope that you feel you have received value for your donation, if not in issues going forward then in our back issues library. On that note please do take advantage of this and download any issue you may have missed since we launched in 2013. They are all there, and will be for a month or two. Just log in, click the back issues tab and download till your heart’s content. Even after our website closes, the issues will remain on the ISSUU platform, although these will need to be viewed with an internet connection and are not downloadable.

We would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to the businesses that supported us through advertising, particularly those that put their faith in us in the early days. You are what made the last eight years possible, and we literally could not have done it without you. There are too many to list individually, but you know who you are and it has been an honour and a privilege to work with you in this fabulous industry.

Lastly, a big thanks to our hard working back-office team. John, our advertising manager, and Pam and John our proof reading team and boat show stand staff. Without these three, Motorboat Owner would barely have got off the ground.

Whatever the future holds, we will forever cherish the years spent at Motorboat Owner. Meeting the readers at boat shows, taking some of you on our Cruises in Company and generally feeling that we made a positive contribution to boat owner’s and the marine industry in the UK and overseas, has made every minute memorable and worthwhile.

We hope that we bump into many of you again and I would like to wish everyone an excellent boating season. As the late Captain Sir Tom said "Tomorrow will be a good day"

Best wishes

Neale & Claire

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