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-Talking tacks
I am now fully aware of what holds a traditionally built Adirondack guideboat together. It may not be what firstRead more.
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. IRead more.
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. TheyRead more.
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 toRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Installing the wales
They are called gunwales, outwales, or simply wales. They are thin strips of hardwood that run the length of theRead more.
Building and Adirondack Guideboat-Varnishing
Varnishing used to be the scourge of boat builders. First of all, one would have to sand between coats ofRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Wow! It popped
I decided to start varnishing the hull while waiting for the screws I ordered so I could attach the gunwales.Read more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Why use hand tools?
Visitors to the Adirondack Museum’s boat shop often are puzzled by the overwhelming use of hand tools when building aRead more.
Building a Traditional Adirondack Guideboat
Building Your Own Traditional Adirondack Guideboat This is a blog about Adirondack guideboats. Its primary intention is to helpRead more.