Each issue includes:
• Quality reproductions of the designers' original drawings
• Complete hull lines for most boats
• Full particulars, including calculated performance ratios
• Designers' addresses and phone numbers
• Succinct design commentary
Issues typically feature six designs over 20-24 pages, with no advertising. Ordering issues is almost effortless via The WoodenBoat Store's secure website. The WoodenBoat Store has been fulfilling back issue orders since BDQ was first published in 1991, through the final issue, #50 in 2019. Yes, Mike has retired. BDQ #50 is a retrospective, some of his favorite designs featured over the years.
DIGITAL & PRINT EDITIONS: Every issue of Boat Design Quarterly is available in PDF format. Aside from the benefit of instant delivery, no shipping or duty fees, you can easily enlarge the drawings for viewing the details. Plus, we have "sets" of the digital issues, so you can order in groups of 10 issues, and save money as well. And of course we have most issues in print, but that's on a "while supplies last" basis.
Please click BDQ ISSUES, and use the pull-down to select print or digital. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex, Diners Club, or PayPal.
Check out Mike's book, Good Sailboat Designs, which is a compilation of some of his favorites from the pages of Boat Design Quarterly. The book is 8.5 x 11", 114 pages, softcover, $19.95.
To order back issues by phone or mail, please contact The WoodenBoat Store:
Phone: 1.800.273.SHIP (7447) or 207.359.4647 Fax: 207.359.2058
Mail: The WoodenBoat Store, PO Box 78, Brooklin, Maine 04616
What others have said about Boat Design Quarterly:
“It’s the best explanation of hull lines that I’ve ever read. O’Brien’s
writing reflects a deep understanding of boats and the joy they give to
— Dennis Caprio, former editor of Small Boat Journal
“Interesting boats from innovative designers….”
— Bob Hicks, editor and publisher
of Messing About in BOATS
“Mike O’Brien makes boats, each and every one he writes about,
indelible for me. You can’t find drawings like these, and become
exposed to Mike’s encyclo-practic grasp of boats, anywhere better
than in his very own publication.”
— Jim Brown, multihull designer and author
Copyright 2020 Boat Design Quarterly
BDQ publisher Mike O'Brien worked as Associate Editor for Sailor magazine and Technical Editor for Soundings during the 1980s.
For twenty years, Mike was Senior Editor for WoodenBoat magazine. His boats and articles have appeared in many publications, including Cruising World, Small Boat Journal, and Soundings. In his spare time he wrote and published Boat Design Quarterly. Mike is also a regular guest lecturer on boat designs, at the WoodenBoat School.
Mike is the Boat Design Editor for WoodenBoat. This position allows him to devote additional time to that magazine’s Designs section. Mike is also a book publisher with his first title, Good Sailboat Designs: 32 Daysailers, Camp-Cruisers, & Weekenders.