Dating back to the mid-1800s, the original Adirondack guideboats helped people in the waters of upstate New York hunt, fish, and explore. Entirely hand-crafted of wood, they were sturdy enough to row for days on end, yet light enough for even one person to carry for lengthy journeys. For decades, these boats dotted the waters of the Adirondack Mountains, fulfilling the need for transportation throughout the region. Once the automobile was invented, however, the guideboats were no longer needed—but they remained coveted. In fact, recreational cruisers began buying them.
Today, the Adirondack Guideboat company in Vermont keeps hand-craftsmanship alive for legions of loyal buyers. It builds some boats out of cedar, with others made of Kevlar and composites. Either way, the boats, and the people like Ian and Justin Martin, who own Adirondack Guideboats, have fantastic stories to share.
In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Ian Martin shares:
- what convinced him and his brother to take over the company
- whether customers prefer the wood boats versus the Kevlar boats
- how long on average it takes to hand-craft the boats
- and more.
While you’re listening, check out the photo gallery of some of their craft below.
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