Sample Articles From WoodenBoat Magazine

  • 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.
  • Text by WoodenBoat Editors
    Illustrations by Jan Adkins

    Here are ideas for how you, at any age and in any location, can get aboard to sail, get your hands dirty maintaining, or garner skills for building before you ever think of digging into your wallet to own a boat. The best boats for a beginner, truly, are Other People’s Boats.
  • So, this is my story of how, essentially, my grand­father saved my life...
  • by Greg Rössel

    Oscillating tools have many uses in boat construction and restoration. A number of manufacturers make them; the one shown here is by the German company Fein, which first developed oscillating saws for medical professionals to use in removing plaster and fiberglass casts. For boat work, the tools, fitted with appropriate saw blades, are adept at getting into hard-to-reach places, such as behind this coaming to cut off an old screw.
  • by Matthew P. Murphy
    Illustrations by Simon Adams

    Many years ago, one of the big varnish manufacturers had a regular advertisement showing a cowering boat owner eyeing a brightwork project with a feigned expression of terror, and saying “Vvvvvvvvarnish?” Such fear is a common sentiment among would-be and occasional varnishers, and for good reason: Varnish provides excellent protection while showing the beauty of the wood, but it takes a consistent commitment of time and skill each year to maintain it.