Welcome! This is a blog about the Adirondack guideboat. It includes whatever strikes that author’s fancy. For example, you might follow his progress building such an iconic craft, or go along on a 90 mile guideboat race, or learn about some particularly interesting person or happening involving these magnificent wooden boats. Enjoy.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat- Another launching
You may remember that another reproduction of the Queen Anne guideboat was completed and launched this spring. Dave Bloom followedRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Backing out Revisited
As explained earlier, backing out was the old time guideboat builder’s term for hollowing out a plank so that itRead more.
Adirondack Guideboats- The last Howard Seaman Memorial Guideboat Race
Last time I wrote I promised to tell about the last Howard Seaman Memorial Guideboat race held in Long Lake andRead more.
Adirondack Guideboats-Racing legend Howard Seaman
There are many larger than life Adirondack legends from the 1800’s; Northwood’s man Ruben Carey, guide Honest John Plumley, andRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Straps and Horns
Most Adirondack guideboats are propelled by a pair of eight foot long oars. They are commonly made of cherry, spruce orRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-The Launch of the Thankful
The time has finally come to launch my latest guideboat, the Thankful. I have chosen the name in honor ofRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Happy Birthday Frances C.
When we arrived in Long Lake one of the first things to do was to get the guideboats, now three,Read more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Heading North
At last the time comes when my boat “fledges” its nest and heads for its permanent home in the Adirondacks.Read more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-How long does it take?
This will be my 14th year as a docent in the Adirondack Museum’s boat shop. During that time, I haveRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat- A Floor board
Funny thing! I have never seen another guideboat with a floor board. There are guideboats with so called false gratingsRead more.