Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • 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.
  • Text and photographs by Thies Matzen

    WANDERER III charges along in the notorious “Furious Fifties” region of the South Atlantic in 2011 en route from South Georgia to Tristan de Cunha. The rugged 30′ Laurent Giles-designed sloop has sailed more than 300,000 miles in her 65 years and is still going strong.
  • by Bjørnar Berg

    FLEKKERØY, a Norwegian pilot cutter built in 1936, crossed the North Atlantic, via Iceland and Greenland, during the summer of 2015. She arrived in Maine in late December that year and continued to cruise right through the winter.
  • by David D. Platt

    Rowing isn’t like baseball or playing the piano. With only one lesson and a little time on your own, you can get the idea of it. From the perspective of about 60 years, a few thousand strokes, and more than a few stiff necks from looking over my shoulder to see where I’m going, I can now say that rowing came naturally to me not long after a nice older man named Fred, a Brit who worked as a caretaker for a number of summer families including my own, showed me the basics.
  • Text and photographs by Tyler Fields

    WESTER TILL, a 47′ yawl designed by Henry Rasmussen and built by Abeking & Rasmussen, was launched in 1947 when the A&R yard was struggling to recover from World War II. She was nearly destroyed on a transatlantic delivery in the early 1980s, but she was subsequently rebuilt to very high standards.
  • by Mara Lozier Shore

    Sakonnet One Designs are stiff, beamy, and comfortable, with high freeboard and a coaming to help keep sailors dry. They have solid spruce masts and deep, cast-iron keels. They carry a large mainsail; a small jib; and a symmetrical spinnaker.
  • by Bruce Kemp

    Roald Amundsen’s Arctic exploration ship MAUD was towed through the Northwest Passage on the historic voyage home to Norway.