December 2022 Archives - Small Boats Magazine

With this December 2022 Small Boats Magazine we present our 100th issue. The North Shore Dory and the Salish Voyager, the subjects of our two boat profiles, are both old designs given new life: a dory built in 1900 had its lines taken for the building of a replica 80 years later, and New Jersey beach skiffs of a similar vintage reemerge as a fiberglass sail-and-oar cruiser. Two good friends with aging joints abandoned ambitious daily mileage goals and better appreciated British Columbia’s Broughton Archipelago. We review rudder hardware for small skiffs and folding food-prep knives for the galley. A sling-lift is an effective way to get small boats off trailers for maintenance. Two couples, alums of the same Texas university, met by chance and built a boat and a friendship.


It has been more than eight years since WoodenBoat Publications launched Small Boats Monthly, now Small Boats Magazine. This December edition is the 100th issue.

Salish Voyager

An expedition boat for sail and oar

With a hull form inspired by working skiffs of the New Jersey Shore, the Salish Voyager is a customizable fiberglass boat that can be equipped for long-distance coast cruising under sail and oar.

North Shore Dory

A dory design from the 1900s

A 16′ dory built around 1900 on the North Shore of Massachusetts for summer rowing on the Maine coast found its way to a maritime museum where detailed drawings were made 80 years later so boatbuilders could give it new life.

The Broughton Archipelago

A British Columbia cruise

The myriad islands between Vancouver Island and the intricate mainland coast of British Columbia provided a rower and a paddler with unspoiled waterways shared with orcas and humpback whales.

A Simple Sling Lift

Raising a small boat with minimal effort

A pair of easily made, inexpensive slings provide an effective way to lift a small boat off its trailer and flip it upside down, even single-handedly.

Rudder Hardware

For an easily installed rudder

A single, long pintle and an open, hooked lower gudgeon simplify the task of hanging a rudder on a skiff’s transom.

nCamp Food-Prep Knives

Sharp knives for quick food prep

Folding food-prep knives made of high-end stainless steel hold a very sharp edge and bring efficiency and pleasure to meal preparation.


Building a boat and a friendship

A chance meeting at a wooden-boat festival brought together two couples who quickly bridged the broad gap in their ages, experience, and resources.

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