John Lally of Westport N.Y. built this Adirondack guide boat from scratch about 27 years ago. It is planked with
3/16" strips of sitka spruce, and the ribs were crafted from spruce roots, to allow the U-shape while
following the grain for strength. This craft is 13 feet long with a 37" beam.
It is based on a design of a boat in the Blue Mt. Lake museum near Warrensburg, NY . He has built 4 others since then each with its own features. Some are longer, some have greater or lesser density of ribbing for different strength/weight ratios.
This boat has a swift and smooth motion in the water.
Van Cortlandt Manor in background. Early spring, 1998.
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