WoodenBoat is a magazine, a school, a store, and a coastal campus dedicated to celebrating the traditions and the future of wooden boats and yachts of all sizes and configurations, from oar to sail to power, from old to new, from small to large, and from the most basic construction methods to the most technologically advanced. WoodenBoat magazine is the only publication dedicated to these subjects, and the WoodenBoat School and Store in Brooklin draw attendees and visitors from all over the world to its campus.
WoodenBoat, like many coastal Maine businesses, shares a profound sense of pride in its close proximity to Acadia National Park and to Mount Desert Island in general — one of the most beautiful yacht cruising destinations in the country. Our commitment to this area of the coast includes our determination to increase awareness, among our broad customer base, of the rich history and tradition of these waters and the craft that have plied them. From indigenous canoes to fishing and exploration vessels from other shores to the development of a coastal commerce and a long tradition of pleasure cruising and boat and yacht building, our coast is a strong and robust resource for inspiration and education. Additionally, the WoodenBoat campus in Brooklin is on property first settled in the mid-1700s by Captain Joseph Babson and his wife Martha (Somes) Babson. Martha was the younger sister of Abraham Somes, and we have no doubt that there was plenty of sailing between Brooklin (then Sedgwick) and Somesville — just a few hours apart by water — in those days. We will seek to call attention to all of these elements as we can, in hopes of adding context to the relationships between Acadia and the rest of our beautiful coast.