Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • by Tom Jackson

    Almost any mast against a skyline can inspire a poet or painter, but it takes authenticity, the ring of truth, to take the breath away from even the most jaded professional mariner. That such a ship—ready for sea with a crisp and purposeful air—should also be the oldest surviving American square-rigged merchantman only makes the sight more compelling. Such was the CHARLES W. MORGAN in the summer of 2014 during her first venture to sea in more than 90 years.
  • by Evelyn Ansel

    Norway’s ubiquitous double-ended motor launch, the snekke (aka sjekte , or kogg ), evolved from open sail-powered fishing boats. Today, as recreational boats, they have a variety of configurations: Some are protected by wraparound windshields, others have small cabins, and many retain their simple workboat layouts.
  • by Bruce Halabisky

    Bruce Halabisky and Tiffany Loney departed British Columbia ten years ago in their 34′ Atkin cutter, VIXEN. During their ensuing circumnavigation, they had two daughters and uncounted adventures while living on a modest budget.
  • by Matthew P. Murphy

    KATIE MACK is a 46′ bridge-deck cruiser built in British Columbia and launched in 1932. She was a rumrunner originally. Today, she cruises New England waters as the summer retirement home of Pam and Hugh Harwood.
  • by Arista Holden

    She is the newest, and definitely shiniest, of the very few Viking boats to ever arrive on New England shores within the last millennium.
  • Text and photographs by Maynard Bray

    Boating in fresh air may be invigorating, but there’s nothing like settling into a cozy cabin at the end of the day. It soothes the spirit and is one of the great pleasures of being out on the water.
  • by Scott Rohrer

    After being fully restored to sailing condition by professionals with the help of a group of volunteers, PIRATE sails out of The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington, not far from where she was originally launched.
  • There are reference materials—books, websites, forums, and well-thought-out tools on—that can help you dig deeper into terms and concepts presented in WoodenBoat . This edition of Getting Started in Boats will be a list of resources.
  • More than 500 boats were displayed on land and in the water at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in February. The biannual event covers the sprawling waterfront of Hobart, in the island state of Tasmania.
  • Text by Matthew P. Murphy
    Photographs by Alison Langley

    The sloop ANNA is, effectively, a big daysailer—but one with elegant and comfortable accommodations for the occasional offshore delivery passage.