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Privacy Policy

Last updated: (2019/07/11) WoodenBoat Publications operates this website ( This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.

We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving the Site. By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for The WoodenBoat School and our affiliated applications and email newsletters.

Please note that contains links to third-party websites for your information and convenience. This policy does not cover those sites or services.

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, The WoodenBoat School collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The WoodenBoat School’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The WoodenBoat School’s visitors use its website. From time to time, The WoodenBoat School may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

The WoodenBoat School also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on The WoodenBoat School only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to The WoodenBoat School’s website choose to interact with The WoodenBoat School in ways that require The WoodenBoat School to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The WoodenBoat School gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a subscription at to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with The WoodenBoat School – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, The WoodenBoat School collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The WoodenBoat School. The WoodenBoat School does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The WoodenBoat School may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, The WoodenBoat School may monitor the most popular articles on the site. The WoodenBoat School may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The WoodenBoat School does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The WoodenBoat School discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The WoodenBoat School’s behalf or to provide services available at The WoodenBoat School’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The WoodenBoat School’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The WoodenBoat School will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, The WoodenBoat School discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The WoodenBoat School believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The WoodenBoat School, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of at The WoodenBoat School website and have supplied your email address, The WoodenBoat School may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with The WoodenBoat School and our products. The WoodenBoat School takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


Cookies, Beacons, Local Storage and Other Similar Technologies. We may use “cookies,” Web beacons, HTML5 local storage and other similar technologies.
These technologies allow us to manage access to and use of The WoodenBoat School and its service, provide customized services to you based on your subscription level and preferences, and help us understand how our audience uses The WoodenBoat School. You may not be able to access certain areas of our website if your computer/device does not accept cookies from us. Enabling “do not track” features may inhibit your ability to use our website and services.

Third Parties. Some of the services and advertisements included on The WoodenBoat School, including within our mobile apps, may be delivered or served by third-party companies (such as Google), which may collect information about your use of The WoodenBoat School and its services.

These companies may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our website users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, an advertiser may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of The WoodenBoat School.

We do not have access to, nor control over, these third parties’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.

About Our Email Newsletters

The WoodenBoat School will periodically send you email newsletters or promotional email about services offered by The WoodenBoat School and its advertisers. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by following the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each email. We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your email address for commercial purposes without your permission.

Unsubscribing from Email Newsletters. The WoodenBoat School offers email newsletters. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter.

Survey Emails. We may invite you to participate in user surveys asking for feedback on The WoodenBoat School and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys help us serve you better. Any information we obtain via surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

Emails From You. If you send us an email, we will use your email address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

Business Transfers

If The WoodenBoat School, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The WoodenBoat School goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The WoodenBoat School may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on the The WoodenBoat School website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by The WoodenBoat School and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The WoodenBoat School may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in The WoodenBoat School’s sole discretion. The WoodenBoat School encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.