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"There is nothing-
absolutely nothing-
half so much worth doing
as simply messing
about in boats."

from
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame


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Adirondack Guide-Boat Secret Waterguide-boat lines drawing by Steve Kaulback

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Guide-Boat Builders
The Adirondack Guide-Boat
Builders of both wood and kevlar guide-boats. Kits and classes also available.
The Adirondack Guide Boat Shop
Restorers and builders of guide-boats and other wooden boats.
PO Box 317
Lake Clear, NY 12945
518-327-3470

Adirondack Rowing
Fiberglass guide-boats, various rowing shells, and rowing accessories. Also offers rowing school, boat rentals, and Adirondack tours.
The Newfound Woodworks
Builders of strip-built guide-boats, kayaks and canoes. Plans and kits are also available.

More Rowing Boat Builders
Middle Path Boats
Guide-Boat Plans & Kits
The Adirondack Guide-BoatPlans, Kits and Classes
Adirondack MuseumPlans
Boathouse WoodworksRib and Stem Patterns
Guillemot KayaksPlans
Mystic SeaportPlans
The Newfound WoodworksPlans, Kits and Workshops
Sandy Point Boat WorksPlans,Kits and Videos
Maritime Museums with Guide-Boat Collections
Adirondack MuseumBlue Mountain Lake, New York
The Antique Boat MuseumClayton, New York
Lake Champlain Maritime MuseumVergennes, Vermont
The Mariner's MuseumNewport News, Virginia
Mystic Seaport Mystic, Connecticut
New York State MuseumAlbany, New York
Penobscot Marine MuseumSearsport, Maine
Shelburne MuseumShelburne, Vermont
More Guide-Boat Resources
Adirondack MuseumExcellent history of Adirondack Guides and Guiding, including photos, Guide-Boat lines drawings, and bibliography.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection, 1880 - 1920. Many Guide-Boat and Adirondack life images available.

Other Rowing & Boating Resources
Simply Messing About In Boats Nautical Links
The Traditional Small Craft Association is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization which works to preserve and continue the living traditions, skills, lore, and legends surrounding working and pleasure watercraft whose origins predate the marine gasoline engine. It encourages the design, construction, and use of these boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and adaptations of traditional designs.
The Shallow Water Sailors
The SWSers are trailer sailors who enjoy sailing on water so thin it can be termed a "heavy dew."
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Shirts and tote bags featuring Ratty's beloved quote from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows, along with the book's original illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.


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