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Ralph Morrow Guideboat

Ralph was a respected guideboat builder who worked for a time with Carl Hathaway in the former Hanmer Boatshop in Saranac Lake and then went to building on his own in the familiar pattern. Soon after, this boat was commissioned by a member of the Ausable Club, connoisseurs of guideboats, and served there until now when its owner is retiring from the club. It is one of the early copies of Dwight Grant’s famed Virginia, the standard of comparison of guideboat design.

In good serviceable shape as she is, at $8000. She could be given three new coats of Schooner varnish for another $2000.



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Krause Guideboat   

Built by Bill Crouse of Tupper Lake in 1985-1986

  • 15 ft. length
  • 40" width
  • 65 lb. carrying weight
  • Ribs & stems spruce roots
  • Caned seats and gunwales cherry
  • Deck pine & cedar
  • Hardware brass
  • Seat holders ash
  • Bang plates ( bottom ) ash
  • Yoke holders ash
  • Over 3000 copper tacks
  • Over 1500 brass screws
  • Breast plate walnut
  • Planking pine quarter sawed

Price, $4000 (a very eager seller: this is a bargain price)









This is one of an identical pair of all-wood canoes made by the Hanmer Boat Shop in Saranac Lake. The Hanmers built quite a few all wood canoes, usually using guideboat construction: a wide bottom board and ribs sawn from spruce roots. I call this boat a Hanmer/Rushton because unlike any other Hanmer boats I know of, it was built in the very different way J. Henry Rushton used in his factory in Canton. It was planked up (smooth-skin) over sectional molds and then ribbed with steamed and bent elm ribs. Most experts would declare, "Hanmer never did this!" But the boats both bear the nameplate of the Hanmer shop, and are sufficiently different from Rushton's Ugo model, which they resemble closely, and have enough characteristic Hanmer details, to make clear that they are indeed Hanmer boats.

As such they are especially rare. This one is in serviceable shape and would be a delight to use. The seams doubtless need tightening up and the boat cries out for refinishing. $5000 lightly restored or negotiable as is.



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Chestnut Hudson Model Freighter Canoe

This is a very stable vessel. It is a great family boat, fishing boat, or boat for hunters. With The 1600 pound capacity, you carry a lot of people, 2 hunters & a moose (or plenty of deer, gear or your sweet dear) and all the blueberries that you can pick and eat ( with heavy cream , of course).

17’ x 45”, depth 18.5” amidships
Capacity 1600 lbs.
Shaw & Tenney oars, swivel oarlocks
Custom cover, 1976 Chestnut catalog
Restored by Rollin Thurlow
Asking $5200

(Suzuki 4 hp. motor optional)


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Finished Micro

This is a Bolger Micro, a trailer-sailer with a shallow ballast keel, which gives the boat great stability and leaves the cuddy completely clear of obstruction. I acquired this boat nearly new but without its spars, sails, or keel, without some of its flotation, and with a companionway and hatch not according to plan. I have built the keel, with 420 lbs of lead in it, made a new hatch and slide, put in the flotation, provided spars, and had Douglas Fowler make new sails.



Moreover, I put a drop-axle on the trailer, lowering the trailer frame a full 8", so now this boat launches and retrieves as easily and shallowly as the centerboard and leeboard Bolger sailboats I have had. It floats on and off the trailer just before my car's rear wheels touch the water. These boats have been built all over the world. The sailing shot below is of a Micro sailing in South Australia. The shot of my daughter cutting up an apple in the cabin is meant to suggest how roomy the cabin is, with sitting headroom for tall people on two long wide berths, ample space between, and no obstructions. Boat comes with an 8-horse Honda 4-stroke running perfectly.The boat is now more completely detailed than in these photos, with mahogany rub-rails and toe-rails on the cabin and a wider, thicker side-molding. It has a brand new eight-sided mast and newly varnished spars. I think the boat would be a good deal at $7000, less than half the cost of building and equipping a new one, but Bolgeristos are cheapskates and DIYers like me, and nobody will pay that much. We like the boat so much, and use it on Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario as well as lakes around home, it will be hard to part with, but I'll sell it for $4000 unless I sell the unfinished one first.

I've now added a good winter cover using the Kover Klamps system, $450 extra.




I have a nice wooden Comet with new sails, newly fiberglassed bottom, and new paint, which is serving very nicely at my family's camp -- kept at a mooring and sailed by whoever's there, a lot. I ought to sell it just the same, to keep up the business end of things. $2500with not-bad registered trailer that needs lights and new tires

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