You guys keep bringing up this whole "they're stroking the ads" thing like it's something new. What boating magazine has said, "hey, this boat is a piece of sh!t"?? PBM has tested boats that they feel this way about I can assure you. But in a politically correct arena you can't just come out and say this. If you know what the hell you're reading you can read through the lines. I have read in articles that the wiring or rigging wasn't the best or the boat porpoised slightly, etc. What kind of negative info are you looking for?
This has been posted several times and there are ways they deal with larger issues with boats
a) fix the problem
b) take it off the market until it's fixed
c) the write up runs as-is.
Those are the choices. What would you do if you were a builder...fix the problem. I think that is a fair way of handling it.
Each magazine has it's nitch. PBM focuses on the high end elite, new stuff and tries to touch on various topics that deal with powerboating i.e. racing, poker runs, skiboats, deck boats, hydro, etc. Hotboat does the lake boats and some smaller stuff. Extreme does alot of poker runs, racing and reader stuff, Family and performance does alot of technical, various new tests and showcase stuff. I like all the magazines for their different take on powerboating.
I can assure you this: PBM staff cares about what their readers want. They are not unaccessible, email them with a request or complaint....or even a kudos! They are here to serve their client...YOU! Opinions vary and you can't please everyone.
Gregg Mansfield is a fresh start for the mag and wants to do right by it's readers. He is a very down to earth guy and very approachable. They also have the addition of asst. editor Jason Johnson who is completely new to the mag and very eager make it the best magazine on the market as well as the addition of Tomlinson to the test team which will even out the test reports. They are also staffing a Florida office to keep in touch with the boating Mecca itself.
Say what you want about them but don't say that they don't work VERY hard to please their readers, because they do!