Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • While not designed for winning races, EMPRESS’s hull has proven to be quick through even light air with admirable seaworthiness when the wind picks up. The ketch was built of Atlantic white cedar planks on steam-bent white oak frames.
  • by John Eichelsheim

    Grant Orchard’s family is an institution in Marlborough Sounds, earlier generations of the family having manned mailboats and ferries servicing nearby Pelorus and Keneperu Sounds. Grant belongs to the fourth generation of Orchard watermen, continuing the family’s owner-operator tradition with his own vessel, KATABATIC, by providing scenic and adventure tours.
  • by Peter Marshall

    Painting a boat in warm or cold weather requires careful use of modifiers that allow the paint to flow and level. A simple makeshift shelter can make a big difference, too, in blocking sunlight, retaining heat, and sheltering from wind and dew.
  • by Lawrence W. Cheek
    Photographs by Neil Rabinowitz

    Aesthetically, functionally, and conceptually, TUGZILLA is pure tugboat.
  • by Stan Grayson

    After a century, the Beetle Cat is the only one-design of its era still in production as a wooden boat.
  • Text and photographs by Steve McMahon

    For a Platt Monfort–designed Classic 10 skin-on-frame dinghy, the author put his personal stamp on the construction details, but he did not alter the shape of the hull.
  • by Randall Peffer

    ROSE OF SHARON designed by W. Starling Burgess is the last original Burgess–designed schooner still sailing.
  • by Nic Compton

    The 36′ cutter LIVELY LADY was designed by Fred Shepherd and built in Calcutta, India, where she was launched in 1948.
  • Text and photographs by Milo Stanley

    Milo Stanley purchased PROMISE, a 36′ Al Mason–designed sloop and refit her in 2019, then set out on a voyage to the West Indies and later Europe via the Azores.
  • by Roger Robinson

    Most cruising sailors have heard of Vertue yachts. Though small in size—only about 25′ LOA—they have an outsized reputation as the most successful design to come from English yacht designer Jack Laurent Giles during his long career.