• Boat Magazine

Six years ago we started Boat Magazine as an experiment.

The goal was to focus on complicated cities with big stories to tell. Boat would act less like a traditional travel magazine, and more like a big fat REFRESH button for a place that had been buried by doom-and-gloom headlines, or forgotten altogether. We’d ask locals what stories they wanted to tell about their city, and we’d explore it as outsiders, too. I loved the idea of arriving in a place that had been shouted about as one way, to go in search of all the other ways it might be, too. Boat Magazine would simply shed a light on the people and stories we find, as we find them, and we’d see how it goes.

We started in Sarajevo in the middle of winter, then went to Detroit in search of the city beyond ruin porn, and we decamped to Athens during the riots, we fell in love with the hush and history of Kyoto, we surfed off the coast of Lima, and learned about death in Bangkok…

One issue turned into another, and another.

Now six years and twelve cities later, Boat Magazine is sold around the world. We’ve been honored to have writers like Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nick Hornby, Jon Ronson, Haruki Murakami, and Pico Iyer contribute. We’ve featured stories with Diana Athill, Mario Testino, Moby, Warpaint, Moses Sumney a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, the world’s strongest man, a bonsai master, teachers, aid workers, NBA players, politicians, religious leaders, refuse collectors, cock fighters, architects, genetic researchers, farmers, artists, Olympic sprinters, spiritual healers, distillers, ambulance drivers, anthropologists, city planners, economists… the list goes on and on and on.

For all of this, we want to say thank you to our talented contributors, loyal readers, and stockists around the world.


The past six years have shattered every expectation we had for this little baby magazine. Our goal from the start was to get to Issue 12, which we did in the Faroe Islands. Now with seven of our 12 issues totally sold out, we’ve decided to do something a little different for Issue 13.

The next Boat Magazine will be a bumper BEST OF BOAT double-issue full of the best stories we’ve published so far, updated and improved and re-published in glorious paper-and-ink, with some new ones thrown in there, too. Issue 13 will be available by the end of the year and will automatically go out to our current subscribers.

And then we enter unchartered water as we explore what the next chapter of Boat might look like. We’re thinking magazines, books, and more stuff online… But for now we’re digging into the archives and working on Issue 13.


Until Issue 13 is ready to go, there are a few things you can do:


  1. Subscribe to receive Issue 12: Faroe Islands now AND Issue 13: Best of Boat when it’s out later this year.
  2. Pre-Order Issue 13: Best of Boat to have it automatically shipped when it’s out.
  3. Buy our back issues (Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Lima are still available) because we won’t be re-printing them; when they’re gone, they’re gone.


Thanks to all for your support of Boat Magazine over the past six years. We are so grateful.

Okay, back to work – magazines don’t print themselves!

Erin Spens, Editor

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