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WoodenBoat Publications, Brooklin Maine

A Brief History About WoodenBoat Publications

Posted: September 27, 2011

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For over 30 years WoodenBoat Publications has provided readers with a dynamic editorial environment that combines emerging technologies with traditional methods of boat design, construction and repair.

Jon Wilson founded WoodenBoat in September 1974 with the publication of the first issue of WoodenBoat magazine featuring the schooner SILVER HEELS. Jon assembled the magazine from his (non-log) cabin in North Brooksville, Maine. All was accomplished without electricity or plumbing, and with his telephone nailed to a tree—half a mile down the road. Taking issue #1 to the Newport Sailboat Show, he sold 400 individual copies and signed up 200 subscribers. Targeted to boatbuilders, designers, and wooden boat owners, WoodenBoat is published six times each year.

Today, 45 people work at WoodenBoat Publications, encompassing:

  • WoodenBoat magazine — published six times a year, now over 30 years in publication, for wooden boat owners, beginner builders, boating enthusiasts, builders and designers, repairers, and surveyors.
  • Professional BoatBuilder magazine — published six times a year, it focuses on materials, design, and construction techniques and repair solutions chosen by marine professionals. Regular technical articles provide detailed, real-world examples to improve efficiency and quality. The website includes web-only articles, subscription services, a magazine index, digital issues, and other online resources.
  • Small Boats magazine — an annual special publication from WoodenBoat Magazine.
  • WoodenBoat Research Library — collects nautical books, and compiles information.
  • WoodenBoat School — offers 1-2 week courses, teaching over 600 students each year. Celebrate 30 years of offering courses designed around the arts of boatbuilding, woodworking, seamanship, and related crafts.
  • The WoodenBoat Show — held in Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT.
  • IBEX, the International BoatBuilders Exhibition show — premier trade show for the professional industry.
  • — offering products via mail order for over 20 years, including boatbuilding plans, books, model kits, hard-to-find tools, clothing and gifts.
  • — publishing books on boatbuilding, design, repair, woodworking, nautical history and more.


Submitted by lae52 on

How do I find my account number when I've already tossed the July/August address card? If I have to wait for the next issue to show, I'll end up forgetting again.


Submitted by gregs on
Submitted by stuartbrannan on

Does WoodenBoat accept submissions from freelance authors? A long-time reader and lover of wooden boats, I have been published numerous times in Cottage Life, Cottage Life West, The New Pioneer and Hemming's Exotic and Sports Car magazines. I have written a story about preferring old boats to new which our readers may identify with and enjoy but couldn't find any other way of contacting you. Thanks!

Stuart J. Brannan

Submitted by gregs on

Try the "Contact Us" page.

Submitted by RSchneider on

How do I know my subscription account number when that only on the disposable mailing cover. There must be another way to do this?
Woodenboat usually thinks things through obviously this fell through the cracks. Hope someone answers this as the previous question by another subscriber has gone unanswered for a week!

Submitted by gregs on
Submitted by rwicker on

Woodenboat magazine folks.
I recycle the plastic cover so I don't have my subscription number......You're last cover looked like a Calvin Klein ad.
I'd like to ask a question and maybe make a submission to the new design a boat article. I like that article....
I would like a small (16-19) ft glued plywood lapstrake design sailboat that could also be used as an outboard (not just a putt home but something that would run around 12-15 MPH. Perhaps similar to the fiberglas "McItavish?". A small (mainly) sailboat (that is conservative in it's stability/response to wind) with a outboard that could get my wife and I home quickly when thunderstorms come up. I'd also
like to re-purpose a 20' aluminum mast and boom that I have from a home built (long gone) Windmill. I also have an old set of Windmill sails for it that I would like to reuse on this vessel.
As I'm not a great woodworker, I'd appreciate a suggestion for a CNC precut kit garage build for the above request, Maybe for a build this winter.
Rich Wicker

Submitted by Irv Mac Dowell on

Where do I find instructions for placing an ad to sell my boat?


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Submitted by Denis Noble on

How delighted was I to read the November/December issue of WoodenBoat. There in "Currents" were references to Brian Larkin of Brooklin Boatyard, Brion Reiff, Eric Dow and Doug Hylan. When I visited Brooklin in May this year, as a sometime watercolor artist each one of them made me more than welcome. They allowed me to sit among their sawdust and shavings, to sketch away to my heart's content and to chat to the boys and girls building their wonderful wooden boats. The warmth of the Brooklin people was a treasure I'll remember forever, none more so than the hospitality extended to a couple of South Australians by Lori and Paul Gallo of Reachknolls Camping.