The Cedar-strip Adirondack Guide Boat is a beautiful classic rowing boat that has been in use since the early 1800s and evolved from a hunting skiff to today’s highly refined design, virtually unchanged since the late 1800s. Adirondack Guide Boats were originally designed to benefit the professional sporting guide who provided all the propulsion for his paying passengers, who were hunters or fishermen who traveled to the Adirondack region of upstate New York.
Today, this Adirondack Guide Boats are used as elegant recreational boats, capable of carrying a heavy load and remarkably fast while underway.
Adirondack Guide Boats blend contemporary materials and techniques with the traditional form of the guide boat. The woods are carefully selected and joined one to the next. One of their finished handcrafted cedar-strip boats takes roughly 300 hours to build, after they mill and make all the various wooden parts.
The exterior of their wooden boat is covered with a protective layer of nearly invisible fiberglass. The fiberglass protects the hill from impact and moisture.
One of these guide boats is also Martha Stewart’s favorite, who bought a 15-footer years ago. They are available in lengths ranging from 13 to 19 feet ($14,960-$18,040).