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Object Name Guideboat, Adirondack
Date 1935-1935
Artist Blanchard, John
Maker Blanchard, John
Material Wood
Used Howard Alexander, North Creek
Description Adirondack Guideboat built by John Blanchard.
L: 13' 6"B: 38"Wt: 53 lbs

Willard Hanmer held the opinion that an Adirondack guideboat was most efficient at around 16' in length. His view was shared by most other guideboat builders, which is why the standard boat of the working guide is in that range. As Hanmer put it in 1960, "the twelve, thirteen, and fourteen foot models I build today are nice, light boats to get back where the trout are supposed to be, but you can't make the speed in them. People are not looking for that. Nobody rows any distance anymore."

Many fishermen valued speed less than the ability to reach the remote fishing holes. Several builders obliged them. H.D. Grant of Boonville developed a 13 1/2' model he called a Raider. This is John Blanchard's short boat. It was one of his last and was sold to G.W. and H.M. Alexander of North Creek for $75. When acquired by the museum it retained the original leather thongs used to tie the accessories into the hull for the carry.
Dimensions W-3.167 L-13.5 feet
Collection BBB310
Catalog Number 1957.122.0001
Other number cat 79
Imagefile 051\1957.122.0001COLOR.JPG
Species Guideboat, Adirondack
Owned by Howard Alexander