The boathouse is located on the west side of Wood Island. The location is a half mile across the island from the lighthouse, but provides the best sheltered landing spot on the island. The boathouse is need of repairs and renovations. The exterior is missing many shingles and is in need of new paint.
In 2012 the aged and damaged boathouse door was replaced, along with repairs made to the door frame and adjacent floor. In 2015 the exterior of the boathouse was re-shingled and repainted, with some finish work rolling over into 2016. This work allowed FOWIL’s historic and restored “peapod” boat to be returned to the island in 2016 where it is now on display in the boathouse. In 2016 the US Coast Guard painted a new sign for the boat house, which was installed by FOWIL volunteers.