Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • by Bruce Halabisky

    The journey from concept to reality was a long one for David and Rosemary Lesser and their yacht’s designer, Paul Gartside, but patience and clear communication brought LA VIE EN ROSE to fruition. She was launched at Jespersen Boat Builders in Sidney, British Columbia, in 2012.
  • by Stan Grayson

    Joshua Slocum’s SPRAY sails near Sydney, Australia, where Slocum was given much-needed new sails during his pioneering solo circumnavigation.
  • by Bruce Stannard

    After her restoration, the immaculate gaff cutter MERLIN, at 85 years old, sails on a cloudless autumn morning on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia.
  • by Matthew P. Murphy

    The Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter—Ships Preservation Center—is located on Norway’s Hardangerfjord in the town of Norheimsund. It began as an effort to restore one vessel, MATHILDE, and has grown to become one of Europe’s principal vessel restoration establishments.
  • by Tim Clark

    BLACKJACK, a 33′ Friendship sloop built in 1900 by Wilbur Morse, sails in her home waters of Rockland, Maine. She was extensively restored by professionals and volunteers at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, which is her new home.
  • by Kaci Cronkhite

    Like many wooden boat owners, the author kept expenses down by doing as much of the restoration work as she could on her own, taking advantage of the fact that Port Townsend’s Boat Haven facility permits maintenance by owners.
  • by Bruce Halabisky

    When I first met with Kit Pingree, she was midway through a three-week haulout of her 78′ motor vessel, TEAL. Between forecasts of rain showers, the first warmish days of the northwest spring had made an appearance, lending urgency to the varnishing and painting schedules and a long list of other tasks.
  • by Arista Holden

    The crew was composed of eight students from the Fosen Folkhøgskole (folk school) in Rissa, which offers yearlong courses in the traditional folk arts including boatbuilding, sailing, farming, self-sufficiency, and crafts. The sailing students sail throughout the winter in a fleet of Fosen-built Åfjørd’s boats including four-oared færings and larger fembørings.
  • by Tom Jackson

    On a mountain trail, pace-by-pace progress over hours sometimes leads to a viewpoint from which the altitude achieved suddenly becomes spectacularly clear. Something similar is going on now in custom wooden yacht construction, as exemplified by two projects currently underway in Maine boatyards that show just how much the boatbuilding industry has changed.
  • by Matthew P. Murphy

    CAPRICE and GHOST were part of the 28-boat Sound Interclub fleet built by Henry B. Nevins during the winter of 1925–26. The class raced on Long Island Sound for more than a decade before being eclipsed by the larger International One Design.