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-Straps and Horns
Most Adirondack guideboats are propelled by a pair of eight foot long oars.  They are commonly made of cherry, spruce or
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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 of
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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,
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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.
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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 have
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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 gratings
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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 the
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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 up
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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 stern
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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 no
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