Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • Text by Lawrence Schäffler
    Photographs by Benjamin Mendlowitz

    The 33′ power cruiser LAUGHING LADY was built by Luders Marine Construction in 1949. Her restoration was begun in San Diego and completed in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Text and photographs by Tom Polacheck

    The island of Madagascar, the fourth-largest in the world, is renowned for its wildlife, minerals, and exotic plants. Lesser known, however, is the fact that Madagascar also still has a rare and extensive fleet of traditional working sailing craft.
  • Text by Arista Holden
    Photographs by Kevin O’Farrell

    The ketch ILEN sails into the harbor at Baltimore, Ireland, in the summer of 2019. Her reconstruction was recently completed in Ireland.
  • by Nigel Sharp

    Boats of the Sunbeam one-design class, designed by Alfred Westmacott on the Isle of Wight in the early 1920s, have been racing since 1923. The unusual sail configuration allows the tack of the jib to be poled out for downwind efficiency.
  • Text and photographs by Brad Dimock

    Today, Milford Buchanan carries on what his ancestors by the mid-1800s found to be one line of work that always proved dependable: boatbuilding.
  • by Anne Bryant

    Owner Joe Murray brought WIDGEON back from the brink after purchasing her in 1980. The 48′6″ Dawn power cruiser has been a challenging but very rewarding part of his life.
  • by Nic Compton

    KORNELISKE YKES II sails out of Queenborough, England, at the mouth of the River Thames on a historic journey with an environmental mission. She’s a newly built reproduction of the type of eel barges that commonly sailed between Holland and England from the 17th century until the last one left London about 80 years ago.
  • by Matthew P. Murphy
    Photographs by Benjamin Mendlowitz

    The sardine carrier WM. UNDERWOOD was launched in 1941 in response to a wartime spike in demand for canned herring. She was relaunched in August 2019 after more than a decade of rebuilding and yacht conversion.
  • by Bruce Stannard

    Famous among racing sailors in Auckland, New Zealand, the 45′ cutter IDA was designed by Charles Bailey and built by his sons, Charles and Walter, in Auckland in 1895.
  • Text and photographs by Tyler Fields

    At Ship’s Coy Forge in Lyman, New Hampshire, Med Chandler develops the shape of a caulking iron. These tools are one of the primary products of the forge, which also makes hardware.