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-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.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Bow and Stern Seats
The bow seat’s reason for being is provide the guide (or rower) a place to sit while rowing from theRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-The “furniture” part 1
My friend Andy at the Adirondack Museum knows just about everything there is to know about boats. He grew upRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Finishing the decks
One would think that fitting a rather thin sheet of wood into the triangular shape at the bow and sternRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Starting the decks
The decks on an Adirondack guideboat are a clever way of hiding the carrying handles. With canoes there is noRead more.
Building and Adirondack Guideboat-Varnishing-Ugh!
The inside of the hull is finally ready for varnishing. This is an onerous task for several reasons. There isRead more.