Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • by Nic Compton

    GLEANER, seen here sailing with a reduced rig off Falmouth, is capable of setting up to 3,000 sq ft of sail, but the sails can be swapped around to suit conditions and crew.
  • by David D. Platt

    VALORA trucks along in Vineyard Sound in the fresh breeze of an early September day in 2017. Note that there is no trough amidships between the bow and stern waves—a sure sign of an easily driven hull.
  • by Melissa Wood

    The newly launched power cruiser TARI-ANN was designed and built in Nova Scotia for a Bahamas-based owner and is inspired by a vintage workboat type from Chesapeake Bay.
  • Text by Randall Peffer
    Photographs by Steve Jost

    The 67′3″ Sparkman & Stephens–designed yawl CHUBASCO was launched in 1939 by Wilmington Boat Works in Los Angeles, and she has been a paragon of Southern California yachting ever since. She was recently relaunched after an exhaustive restoration by Wayne Ettel and his crew.
  • by Greg Hatten

    The Middle Fork, one of the first rivers protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, is one of the steepest descents I had ever rowed. My arms ached and my legs cramped as we threaded our drift boats through Hell’s Half Mile, Velvet Falls, Murph’s Hole, and a dozen other rapids that had no names.
  • Text by Mark Haley
    Photographs by Nancy Bourne Haley

    SYMRA needed new paint on the cabin sides. That project serves as an example of how I prepare her for painting, and what can be done without tape.
  • Reviewed by Greg Rössel

    The Rotabroach cutter consists of an arbor with a spring-loaded pilot pin onto which a series of hollow, precision cutters can be attached. The kit we tested included seven cutters in various diameters. The arbor easily fits into a conventional cordless drill.
  • Text by Randall Peffer
    Photographs by Steve Jost

    McCorkle looks out of his well-lived-in wheelhouse as he steers PIEFACE out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. He’s been fishing for about 70 years.
  • by Matthew P. Murphy

    The sloop NANCY and her sistership, JANE, were the two original boats of the Knockabout type. Their “stem staysails,” or jibs, combined with modest mainsails and wholesome, well-ballasted hulls, ushered in a new type of inshore recreational craft that served as well for racing as they did for daysailing.
  • Text and photographs by Neil Rabinowitz

    Capt. Nahja Chimenti sails the newly restored FELICITY ANN in Port Townsend, Washington, spring 2018. Ann Davison became famous after her 1952–53 singlehanded Atlantic crossing in the 23′ double-ender.