15-ft Adirondack GuideboatWeight: 70 lbs. 550 lbs. capacity.
- Boat Colors
Depending on the season we are usually a few weeks ahead or a few weeks behind in our manufacturing. We usually have a few boats in stock....but whether they are the size and color you are seeking.....well, a phone call or an e-mail can answer that question. Also, we now have a Current Inventory page on our website....click here to see what we've got.
Last year we were making a delivery in the Florida Keys....a rough job, but everybody has to be somewhere in February....where better than the Florida Keys?.....and we shot some video footage of our guideboat....a new owner bringing his boat back to the dock for the first time.
To the casual observer there isn't anything interesting in this video. However....boat-heads will easily see the boat's relationship to the water. This new owner is barely doing anything...but the liveliness of the boat is clear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqwvbIlPmZ0&feature=youtu.be
15 years before Lincoln became president, the first Adirondack guideboat slid into a pristine lake in the Adirondacks. That boat was built with pine and spruce and cedar and 8,000 tiny tacks and screws. The guide at the oars knew the woods and the lakes and the wildlife of the Adirondacks like he knew his own hands. Guideboats flourished for perhaps 60 years, 1840-1900, with a peak perhaps in the 1880's and '90's. The Adirondack rowing boat influenced and developed sport and commerce and civil culture in the mountains. And then, with the advent of roads and pick-up trucks, the guideboat fell into decline. The boats were as wonderful as ever and occupied a place of high esteem in people's memories and imaginations. But the boats were no longer needed. By the 1920's and 1930's guideboat production for all the boatbuilders in the Adirondacks fell to perhaps a boat or two per year.
And then, as sometimes happens, a culture discovers an object from its past that is so wonderful and so emotionally and aesthetically satisfying that, even though practical applications no longer apply, the object is brought back from the past. The Adirondack Museum played an important part in saving the Adirondack Guideboat, as did the Adirondack League Club near Old Forge, and the Au Sable Club in Keene Valley. They are family compounds with hundreds of families and huge boathouses filled with hundreds of these wonderful rowing boats.
Shortly after he began building his cedar guideboat, Steve Kaulback realized that, wonderful as his boat was, he couldn't build an enduring business based on so-precious a craft. His solution was to teach himself to work with fiberglass. With one of his wooden boats as a physical template, a mold was cast. A process which had previously taken months could now be reduced to a week. Then, when Kevlar became available and affordable, Steve incorporated it into his hulls, making his boats 10 pounds lighter. This blending of a relatively ancient hull with space-age technology produced lovely rowing boats with properties on the water or on your shoulders indistinguishable from wooden guideboat.
Without intending to, Steve became the most prolific guideboat builder in history. Aside from boats that we've built, we estimate that there have been perhaps 300 guideboats built by all other builders. We build approximately 200 boats each year and ship them all over America. With the globalization of the web....we've started selling our boats internationally ....England, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Scotland, Korea and Germany being our most recent shipments.
If you would like a hi-res version of any of the photos on this page, send us an e-mail specifying which photo you'd like.
Oars are not included in the price of your boat. Click here to be taken to the guideboat oar page.
Our colors are rich and deep and durable. The particular color of your boat will vary from day to day, hour to hour, by light and shadows playing on the hull. The interiors of our boats are tan. We find this to be a nice in-between color, if we went darker; the boat would absorb and reflect heat; if it went lighter the reflection would be blinding.
We are frequently asked which is our most popular color. The answer is dark green. The following percentages are just guesses...but are probably kinda accurate.
30% dark green
15% dark blue
5% light blue
2% sea foam green
And, yes, the numbers don't add up to 100. Don't let any of this limit you...they are all beautiful on the water... pick the color you like:
Sea Foam Green
We build these boats in the sequence in which orders are received. Depending on the season, we may have the boat you want in stock, or the wait may be 2 or 3 months. We ask for a 50% deposit when you place your order. The balance is due when we finish working on your boat. (If you would like us to hold delivery till spring, we are happy to oblige. However, we will still require payment when we finish working on your boat.) Order early, plan ahead.
If you would like to order one of these lovely boats, please call us at 802-425-3926. We prefer personal checks... but we'll also accept Visa / MC / AMEX / Discover.