Adirondack Guideboat  by B. & I. Parsons

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Adirondack Guideboat by B. & I. Parsons

Parsons, B. & I.


Guideboats are bottom-board boats with natural knees used as frames: the dory-building technique taken to the extreme. Builders developed a smooth-skin lap strake construction method now known as the guideboat lap. The small boats-like the 13' Parsons boat at 57 pounds and the 13' 6" Blanchard boat at 53 pounds-were best suited to be carried in to fish small ponds, for which they were called "raiders." The 16' guideboats are considered the best compromise between speed and carrying capacity, work­ing well solo or carrying a guide and sport with their load of camping gear. The 16' GHOST weighs just 64 pounds, while the 15' 7" Cole boat weighs 59.   The plans drawn by Dave Dillion do not require lofting; full dimensions are provided for each frame. Hallie Bond's Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks provides more historical information.  Today, guideboats are successfully built as frameless strip-planked boats and as semi-strip-planked boats with glued joints over laminated frames.  From 87 Boat Designs by Ben Fuller.  Boat is owned by the Adirondack Museum (64.170.1), Blue Mountain Lake, New York.  Plans drawn in 1984.

Additional Information

Type Fishing
Designer Parsons, B. & I.
Lines taken by Dillion, David W.
Plans drawn by Dillion, David W.
LOA 13’
Beam 3’ 2”
Plans include 3 sheets: lines, construction, offsets, construction profile, oars, oarlocks
Previous order number MISC.33

Catalog number WSP.MISC.33