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.
Breaking News-Guideboat born!
When it came time to take my latest guideboat off the builder’s gig I was full of apprehension.  It meant
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Gunwales-a structural key
“A fifteen foot ship that weighs only sixty pounds and carries a thousand pounds of load over rough water; which
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New Shoes!
My boat has moved along so that it will soon really look like a guideboat.  I’ll explain as I go.
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Round 8 The last one!
At last I have arrived at the final round of planking my guideboat.  It seems that it has been a
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Planking Round 7- a nightmare
I expected the seventh round of planking to be easier than those before it.  It was not to be.  This
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Floatin’ Richard’s boat
My friend Richard had a big problem.  His most treasured possession, his guideboat, leaked.  And not just a small leak,
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Are work rowboats still in use?
Fran and I are just back from Morocco.  Morocco is a country in North Africa, Part of it borders on
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This year’s 90 Miler
As you might remember, the Adirondack 90 miler runs from Old Forge. NY to Saranac Lake in 3 days.  It
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Guideboat returns home to Long Lake.
I have learned that the Adirondack peoples are especially fond of family, town, and country.  This is a story of
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Fred Burns-The last of the Long Lake Traditional Guideboat Builders
I came to know of guideboat builder Fred Burns through my friend Richard Dechene.  Fred was Richard’s grandfather, who Richard
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