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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Gulf Mariner is no more...

Some sad news to report, I'm afraid. The Gulf Mariner has decided to cease publishing immediately. The primary reasons for the decision are the current market conditions and the fact that their sales manager (and friend of mine and many) had a serious motorcycle accident in July and his injuries prevent his returning to work.

I spoke to their publisher Ken Brothwell and he told me that they'll be concentrating all their efforts on The Florida Mariner, the sister publication to The Gulf Mariner.

Unfortunately, there is nothing in our area to fill the gap left by the Mariner. It was the only really local magazine concentrating on Gulf Coast boating and boats for sale. There are some others that come close (Southern Boating, Louisiana Sportsman, Marsh & Bayou, etc...), but none with the Mariner's narrow focus on boating in this area.

They will be missed!

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