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Madison Boatworks
April 6, 2024
Madison Boatworks

Madison Boatworks

Join us as we build and sail wooden boats! We will be showing traditional boatbuilding skills such as bronze casting, woodworking, and restoration as we get our little ship ready for adventures on the high seas!

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Madison Boatworks Lastest Videos

18 | Sailing the Remote Islands of Fiji, Vanua Balavu and Makogai
18 | Sailing the Remote Islands of Fiji, Vanua Balavu and Makogai
We sailied Julia upwind to Fiji's remote Lau group, and were rewarded with one of the most spectacular cruising grounds we have ever visited. Vanua Balavu's Bay of Islands is filled with beautiful islets with perfectly calm anchorages and countless coves t...
Published: Apr 06, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:32
17 | Exploring the Islands of Fiji, Vanua Levu and Taveuni
17 | Exploring the Islands of Fiji, Vanua Levu and Taveuni
After the two week ocean passage to Fiji, we settle in to the little town of Savusavu. The boat needed some repairs after the long crossing, and then we explore the many wonders of Fiji, from waterfalls and sugar cane to chocolate and kava root. Setting sa...
Published: Feb 26, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:27
16 | Voyage across the Central Pacific on a Wooden Boat
16 | Voyage across the Central Pacific on a Wooden Boat
After waiting for a weather window, we set sail from French Polynesia for an 1800 nautical mile passage to Fiji. This stretch of ocean is notoriously squally and unpredictable. We experienced variable winds and some significant swell rolling in from system...
Published: Dec 04, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:13
15 | Cruising Bora Bora and Taha’a in the Society Islands
15 | Cruising Bora Bora and Taha’a in the Society Islands
We continued sailing westward through the Society Islands. In peaceful Taha'a we rode the tidal currents over a beautiful coral reef. A perfect crossing under full sail brought us to Bora Bora, where we swam with sharks and rays before climbing the central...
Published: Oct 27, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:56
14 | Sailing the Society Islands, Mo’orea and Huahine
14 | Sailing the Society Islands, Mo’orea and Huahine
We left the Tuomotus on a 240 nautical mile passage to Mo'orea in the Society Islands. These islands are like a geologic combination of the towering Marquesas and the coral ribbons of the Tuomotus. After a brief visit to Tahiti to pick up additional crew, ...
Published: Jul 14, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:21
13 | A Voyage Through the Tuomotu Archipelago
13 | A Voyage Through the Tuomotu Archipelago
Though the Marquesas Islands had captivated us with their beauty, it was time to set sail on the 500 nautical mile passage to the Tuomotus. When we arrived we found islands that were different from the Marquesas in nearly every way. Turquoise lagoons lined...
Published: Feb 27, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:33:12

Watch Madison Boatworks From The Beginning!

Casting Bronze Boat Hardware- From Pattern Making to Test Sail
Casting Bronze Boat Hardware- From Pattern Making to Test Sail
Casting bronze grabrail brackets and whisker strut padeyes for the Atkin Ingrid ketch Julia. Test sail in Elliot Bay, Puget Sound.
Published: Oct 27, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:52
A Winter Sail on a Wooden Boat
A Winter Sail on a Wooden Boat
The first sail of the year, a weekend cruise to Poulsbo. The boat is an Atkin designed Ingrid Ketch. It was a chilly winter sail, but almost no rain which is as good as it gets for February in Seattle!
Published: Mar 04, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:01
Bird’s Mouth Spar Construction, A Whisker Pole for Julia
Bird’s Mouth Spar Construction, A Whisker Pole for Julia
This is the process of building a wooden whisker pole for the ketch Julia using the bird's mouth construction method. This technique works well for masts, booms, and other spars.
Published: Jul 09, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:55
Restoring a 36″ Bandsaw for the Boat Shop
Restoring a 36″ Bandsaw for the Boat Shop
Rebuilding a Hall and Brown #2 bandsaw. This saw is about 105 years old, classic old American iron. A variable frequency drive (VFD) is used for the 3-phase conversion. This is not a museum style restoration, the saw will be a daily user in the boat shop.
Published: Nov 20, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:00
01 | Preparing a Wooden Boat for Bluewater Cruising – The Structural Upgrades
01 | Preparing a Wooden Boat for Bluewater Cruising – The Structural Upgrades
We plan to sail Julia on ocean passages and have made structural upgrades for deep water conditions. New chainplates to support the rig, laminated floor timbers to secure the keel, and new keelbolts to fasten the ballast. This video shows some structural u...
Published: Aug 10, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:31
02 | Preparing a Wooden Boat for Bluewater Cruising – Safety and Interior Upgrades
02 | Preparing a Wooden Boat for Bluewater Cruising – Safety and Interior Upgrades
This is a glimpse of some of the final upgrades to our wooden Ingrid ketch for bluewater cruising. Bronze stanchions and a pulpit for solar panels, installing a custom refrigerator, galley upgrades, a chain locker, and more. Julia is an Ingrid Ketch, desi...
Published: Nov 12, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:40
03 | Cruising the San Juan Islands
03 | Cruising the San Juan Islands
We have finally moved aboard our wooden boat, a 1960 Ingrid Ketch, and cast off the dock lines on an open-ended adventure, sailing north to the San Juan Islands. We enjoyed this spectacular sailing ground for six weeks as a shakedown cruise for the longer ...
Published: Dec 28, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:58
04 | Offshore Passage on our Wooden Boat- Neah Bay to San Francisco
04 | Offshore Passage on our Wooden Boat- Neah Bay to San Francisco
Our dream of sailing offshore in our wooden Ingrid ketch has come true. We sailed down the US West Coast to San Francisco Bay, with stops in Newport, Coos Bay, Eureka, and Drake's Bay. This was the first time we had Julia on the open ocean, and she handled...
Published: Jan 18, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:44
05 | Cruising the Channel Islands – Sailing to Mexico
05 | Cruising the Channel Islands – Sailing to Mexico
We left San Francisco Bay to continue our passage down the US West Coast, cruising the Channel Islands on our way. From remote and rugged San Miguel Island, to the charming town on Avalon on Catalina Island, we were continually surprised by how great the c...
Published: May 05, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:11
06 | Sailing the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico
06 | Sailing the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico
We have crossed the border to cruise the rugged and beautiful outside coast of Mexico's Baja Penninsula. From the large city of Ensenada, to the extremely remote Islas San Benito we found many stunning vistas, rich wildlife, and excellent sailing. A perfec...
Published: May 28, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:03
07 | Sailing the Sea of Cortez on a Wooden Boat, La Paz and Espiritu Santo
07 | Sailing the Sea of Cortez on a Wooden Boat, La Paz and Espiritu Santo
We sailed around Cabo San Lucas and into the Sea of Cortez. There were some challenging upwind miles before reaching the cruising grounds around the lovely town of La Paz. For several weeks, we sailed the beautiful desert islands of Isla Espiritu Santo and...
Published: Jul 05, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:17
08 | Sailing the Sea of Cortez, Loreto National Marine Park
08 | Sailing the Sea of Cortez, Loreto National Marine Park
We continued our voyage up the Gulf of California, stopping at the beautiful crescent shaped harbor on Isla San Francisco before sailing north to Puerto Escondido and the Loreto National Marine Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of beautiful isl...
Published: Aug 28, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:48
09 | Sailing the Sea of Cortez, Guaymas and Mazatlan
09 | Sailing the Sea of Cortez, Guaymas and Mazatlan
Follow our voyage aboard Julia, a traditionally built wooden sailboat, as we cross the Sea of Cortez and head east to the mainland side for a haul-out in Guaymas. The journey continues south along the coast to the vibrant city of Mazatlan where we explore ...
Published: Sep 20, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:17
10 | Crossing the Pacific Ocean on a Wooden Boat
10 | Crossing the Pacific Ocean on a Wooden Boat
We set sail on an ocean passage from Mazatlan, Mexico to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. Sailing across an ocean has been a long-held dream for us, but we were not planning on extending this cruise so far from home. But, we realized that if we were ser...
Published: Oct 26, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:23:03
11 | Sailing the Marquesas Islands, Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa
11 | Sailing the Marquesas Islands, Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa
We cruised our classic wooden sailboat Julia to many spectacular anchorages on Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. This is south pacific sailing as we have always dreamed it would be. The spectacular green scenery of the Marquesas has overwhelmed us with soaring cliffs...
Published: Dec 10, 2022
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:29:48
12 | Sailing to Fatu Hiva, the Most Beautiful Island in the World
12 | Sailing to Fatu Hiva, the Most Beautiful Island in the World
Our wildest cruising dreams have been realized as we sail our wooden Ingrid Ketch to the Bay of Virgins in Fatu Hiva. This spectacular island has to be one of the most beautiful in the entire world. Far off the beaten path, the people of Fatu Hiva live pea...
Published: Jan 08, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:29:22
13 | A Voyage Through the Tuomotu Archipelago
13 | A Voyage Through the Tuomotu Archipelago
Though the Marquesas Islands had captivated us with their beauty, it was time to set sail on the 500 nautical mile passage to the Tuomotus. When we arrived we found islands that were different from the Marquesas in nearly every way. Turquoise lagoons lined...
Published: Feb 27, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:33:12
14 | Sailing the Society Islands, Mo’orea and Huahine
14 | Sailing the Society Islands, Mo’orea and Huahine
We left the Tuomotus on a 240 nautical mile passage to Mo'orea in the Society Islands. These islands are like a geologic combination of the towering Marquesas and the coral ribbons of the Tuomotus. After a brief visit to Tahiti to pick up additional crew, ...
Published: Jul 14, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:21
15 | Cruising Bora Bora and Taha’a in the Society Islands
15 | Cruising Bora Bora and Taha’a in the Society Islands
We continued sailing westward through the Society Islands. In peaceful Taha'a we rode the tidal currents over a beautiful coral reef. A perfect crossing under full sail brought us to Bora Bora, where we swam with sharks and rays before climbing the central...
Published: Oct 27, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:56
16 | Voyage across the Central Pacific on a Wooden Boat
16 | Voyage across the Central Pacific on a Wooden Boat
After waiting for a weather window, we set sail from French Polynesia for an 1800 nautical mile passage to Fiji. This stretch of ocean is notoriously squally and unpredictable. We experienced variable winds and some significant swell rolling in from system...
Published: Dec 04, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:13
17 | Exploring the Islands of Fiji, Vanua Levu and Taveuni
17 | Exploring the Islands of Fiji, Vanua Levu and Taveuni
After the two week ocean passage to Fiji, we settle in to the little town of Savusavu. The boat needed some repairs after the long crossing, and then we explore the many wonders of Fiji, from waterfalls and sugar cane to chocolate and kava root. Setting sa...
Published: Feb 26, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:27
18 | Sailing the Remote Islands of Fiji, Vanua Balavu and Makogai
18 | Sailing the Remote Islands of Fiji, Vanua Balavu and Makogai
We sailied Julia upwind to Fiji's remote Lau group, and were rewarded with one of the most spectacular cruising grounds we have ever visited. Vanua Balavu's Bay of Islands is filled with beautiful islets with perfectly calm anchorages and countless coves t...
Published: Apr 06, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:32