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The videos, photographs, and articles posted here relate to specific issues of WoodenBoat. The most recent content is at the top of the list, so you can either scroll down to find archived content, or use the search function.

MISS BEHAVIN.WB No. 247: MISS BEHAVIN’—A tandem pedal boat that employs two H2Pro-Ped units, which have transom-mounted drives—outboard-motor style.


CHIMAERA.WB No. 246: CHIMAERA—a cruising ketch that takes inspiration from a variety of existing designs. She’s a simple, rugged, and good-looking boat that’s equally at home at sea and in shallow coastal waters.


RAMBLER's custom lifting cradle.WB No. 245: The Muskoka motoryacht RAMBLER’s ingenious lifting cradle that’s built into the boathouse; the cradle rises, via a ratcheting mechanism, on a series of threaded vertical posts.


EUREKA featured in SketchbookWB No. 245: EUREKA — a rugged solo trimaran meant for serious ocean sailing. She’s also easily beached, and can be transported by trailer. Auxiliary power is provided by a Sea-Cycle unit (—a human-powered drivetrain that can be built into the boat.


Open Basque fishing boat.WB No. 244: View the trailer — A reenactment of a traditional Basque open-boat voyage on and about the St. Lawrence River.


LOON featured in SketchbookWB No. 244: LOON — an outboard-powered cruiser meant to carry a couple on long cruises such as the Great Loop.  Its trailerability makes it easy to “portage” over the road, while its aft cabin provides a private head or guest quarters.


Mini MochaWB No. 243: Mini Mocha — A 4.0m Micro Racing Sailboat. Mini Mocha is a high-performance sport boat meant to be accessible to all sailors—including those with severe physical impairments.


STELLAWB No. 242: STELLA MARIS — A 42′ trawler yacht based on the shrimp boats of South Carolina.


AuroraWB No. 241: Aurora — A modern classic daysailer/club racer. Aurora’s glued-lapstrake-plywood construction lends itself to kit construction, and is accessible to the ambitious amateur builder.


GypsyWB No. 240: Gypsy — A trailerable houseboat. The idea behind Sketchbook is simple: Readers send us their requirements for a new and unique boat. If their letter is chosen, our Sketchbook designers, Laurie McGowan and Michael Schacht, will develop the design and present it on the pages of WoodenBoat, and on this web site.


Geomentry of rowingWB No. 240 features an article on the geometry of rowing craft, and includes a formula for determining the ideal length of oars for your boat. Click here for a list of boat examples and a handy calculator that does the math for you.


SeahawkWB No. 239: SeahawkSketchbook is a new department introduced in the July/August issue of WoodenBoat (WB No. 239). The idea behind it is simple: Readers send us their requirements for a new and unique boat. If their letter is chosen, our Sketchbook designers, Laurie McGowan and Michael Schacht, will develop the design and present it on the pages of WoodenBoat, and on this web site.


At the helmOnline only: Circumnavigating with ChildrenWoodenBoat contributor Bruce Halabisky and his young family have been cruising in a 34′ wooden boat for the past seven years. Most recently the family crossed the Atlantic from Maine, via the Azores, and then sailed on to Senegal. Since March this year, they’ve been in the Caribbean. In this special online-only article, Bruce discusses the joys and challenges of extended cruising with young children aboard.


The BountyWB No. 233: Lessons of the BOUNTY — We’ve received numerous requests for reprints of Capt. Andy Chase’s article “Lessons of the BOUNTY: Drawing experience from tragedy.” That article recounts the sinking of the replica vessel BOUNTY during Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012. Many readers have found Capt. Chase’s summary of the lessons of that catastrophe to be invaluable to their own vessel management, and so Chase and illustrator Jan Adkins have offered its republication here, in its entirety.


AnchorWB No. 231: Herreshoff Stock Anchors — In WoodenBoat No. 231, Maynard Bray describes the virtues of the three-piece stock anchors first made by the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. over a century ago.  For those seeking a deeper understanding of these anchors, we present here Jim Giblin’s original research paper, The Herrehsoff Manufacturing Company Three-Piece Stock Anchor—the work from which Maynard’s article is drawn.


BOUNTY rescue during Hurricane SandyWB No. 230: Bounty — The Currents section of WoodenBoat No. 230 included mention of the sinking of the replica ship BOUNTY during Hurricane Sandy last fall. Here’s a link to video of the dramatic Coast Guard rescue described in that piece.


Yacht Design TerminologyWB No. 230: Yacht Design Terminology — Our profile of yacht designer Paul Gartside in WB No. 230 included a number of design terms that space and style restrictions kept us from defining in the article. For those readers seeking a deeper understanding of the elements of design, here are the definitions of those terms—along with a few additional ones that were not listed in the article.


Stitching oar leathersWB No. 230: Stitching a Set of Oar Leathers — This article originally appeared in WB No. 127 (November/December 1995).  We present it again here to augment our coverage of dinghies in the Getting Started in Boats supplement bound into WB No. 230.


Proper oar lengthWB No. 230: Choosing Proper Length Oars — In Getting Started in Boats No. 38, which was bond into WB No. 230, we discussed how to choose a proper dinghy. In that article, we made reference to choosing oars of the proper length for your boat. Here’s a handy formula devised by the well-known wooden oar makers Shaw & Tenney of Orono, Maine.


Varnish brush careWB No. 229: Simple, Foolproof Varnish-Brush Care — In the Getting Started in Boats supplement in WB No. 229, we presented basic instructions on varnishing. That article included a discussion of varnish brush care, which inspired contributing editor Maynard Bray to tell us about a simple technique he’s used for years for maintaing badger-hair brushes. In the following words and photos, Maynard shares that technique. .


Standup PaddleboardWB No. 229: Tools and Materials Required to Build a Kaholo Standup Paddleboard — Geoff tells us “I’ve added and subtracted from the ‘official’ list you’ll find in the CLC manual. I have no secrets or editorial intentions in doing so; this is simply what I use and recommend for my classes.”


Sheathing methodWB No. 228: Sheathing PhotoessayIn WoodenBoat No. 228, David Soule describes how he sheathed the hull of his severely deteriorated ketch, using a method developed by Alan Vaitses in the 1960s. In this web-only photoessay, boatbuilder and WoodenBoat School instructor Eric Blake describes another sheathing method, which uses two layers of wood veneer to add integrity to an age-weakened hull.


Folding Dining TableWB No. 228: Nielsen Table Video — In WoodenBoat No. 228, Kevin Porter explains how to make an elegant folding table for a small cruising boat. In this video, he explains how the table operates.


Hole GuideWB No. 228: Hole Guide Video — In this video, WoodenBoat author Kevin Porter explains how he used a shop-made drilling guide to accurately drill a long hole through a table leaf’s width.


Native SonWB No. 226: Life of a Clam Digger Video — WB No. 226 includes an article on the restoration of the clam tonging boat NATIVE SON from Great South Bay, New York. The clamming industry in this region is now gone, but you can view rare footage of its 1970s heyday in this film shot by Tom Seerveld when he was in high school, and edited recently by his son Chris.


Wee-pup photoWB No. 224: Wee Pup — Read the original 1906 The Rudder magazine article about this small, high-capacity dinghy.
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Lightning ground illustrationWB No. 215: Editorial — Lightning Ground Systems—information detailing the mechanics of lightning ground systems extracted from an article in WoodenBoat magazine No. 136, May/June 1997, and referenced in an article about lightning damage by Jonathan Klopman and Joshua Moore in WB No. 215, July/August 2010.


ISLA photoWB No. 214: Slide show — The Restoration of the New York 32 ISLA over the winter of 2008-09.


Pilot Cutter photoWB No. 213: PEGASUS — references to some surviving Pilot Cutters.


Duke Besozzi photoWB No. 213: Video — Duke Besozzi discussing sustainable white-oak harvesting.


Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff photoWB No. 210 & No.211: Video — Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff–A Maine Coast classic redesigned for strip-planking.