Southern Boating Media
Southern Boating magazine was launched in 1972 by Skip Allen, an ardent sailor, yachtsman, and publisher, whose lifelong career was in the marine industry. He began his publishing career in New York with Motorboating (later known as Motor Boat and Sailing) before moving to Florida in the late 1960s to work with Bertram Boats until Southern Boating was born.
The early days started in offices along the Miami River before moving up to Fort Lauderdale. Yachting was Skip’s passion, and he spent most of the time aboard his 60-foot trawler Press on Regardless at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale and in the Bahamas. He even spearheaded group boating trips to the Bahamas long before flotillas and rendezvous were commonplace. Skip talked to everyone about boats and became an icon in the industry.
His greatest love, though, was his family, and he instilled a love of everything boating and marine-related in each of his six children and seven grandchildren. He firmly believed that boating was more than a location. It was a way of life.
Skip’s legacy lives on as his son, Skip Allen, Jr., continues as publisher and has built Southern Boating Media into a well-known brand in both the print and digital format. The company is based in Pompano Beach, Florida.