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There’s still special something about paper magazines (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Carl McBride.

Despite the stupid hours Jason Johnson and I will put in during the next six days getting the 2017 Speed On The Water Year In Review print edition ready for press, I still love everything about the magazine-building process. We produce a digital magazine every other month and—don’t get me wrong—we’re proud of that product. It’s a lot work, but it’s also a lot of fun. But while I have every issue of our active PDF magazine on my laptop, I can’t stack any of them on my coffee table.

And that kind of sucks.

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But in less than a month, I’ll have a third oversized Speed On The Water Year in review issue—a 196-page whopper— to stack atop the 132-page 2015 edition and 164-page 2016 issue on that table. So while the work ahead is formidable, the joy that comes with holding the finished product is more than worth it.

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