Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • 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.
  • by Evelyn Ansel

    The 43′ Penbo trawler-yacht ACADIA, launched as ADAGIO in 1969, was refurbished and reconfigured by Thomas Townsend Custom Woodworking and relaunched in 2008. She evokes Townsend’s signature aesthetic: spare and clean deck and interior arrangements, with an emphasis on functionality and keeping dry.
  • by Emmett V. Smith

    In the July 1904 issue of The Rudder magazine, there’s an amusing firsthand account by L.A. Dixon of the optimistic purchase of a very early gasoline-powered auto-boat somewhere on the coast of Maine.
  • by Luca Gentilini

    Italy’s oar-powered catamarans, called pattinos, first appeared as workboats. After World War II, they became popular with beachgoing tourists. “The pattino,” writes the author, “creates a delicious sense of calm and quiet.”
  • Photographs by Joel Woods
    Introduction and captions by Brian Robbins

    Although the vast majority of lobsterboats now built in Maine are fiberglass-hulled, there are still fishermen who appreciate the feel of a wooden boat under their boots. And there are builders who appreciate working with oak timbers and cedar planks.