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-Back from the North country
Every February my wife, Fran and I head to the Adirondacks for a two to three week stay.  Our neighbors
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Tacks Grand Finale
I promise-this is the last you will hear about tacks.  But this is where things get awfully tedious and I
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-My Favorite Tools-2
This tool is really quite simple.  It is also very ingenious.  I often wonder how it came about.  Who invented it?
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Still more on tacks-Willard J. Hanmer
With all this talk about sticking and driving tacks, I couldn’t help but recall the video that runs in the Museum’s
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-More on tacks
As you know already, the original guideboat builders sealed the joinery between planks by driving and clinching a double row of
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-My Favorite Tools-1
In the course of building my guideboat I find that certain tools become favorites.  I seem to be always reaching
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Talking tacks
I am now fully aware of what holds a traditionally built Adirondack guideboat together.  It may not be what first
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Attaching the Painter Rings
When I was a kid of six or  seven my parents owned a sleep-on-board sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.  I
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-More on wales
Once the hull was off the builder’s jig and right-side up it was obvious that the wales needed attention.  They
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-off the jig!
That long anticipated moment finally arrives.  After months of planking, a milestone is passed.  The hull is now ready to
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