15-ft Adirondack Guideboat - Row Boat
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15-ft Adirondack Guideboat

8 Reviews

Our Adirondack Guideboat is internationally acclaimed as the world’s finest for its traditional hull design and space-age Kevlar composite construction process. This is the boat that built our business.

Length: 15 feet
Beam: 38½ inches
Weight: 70 pounds
Capacity: up to 550 pounds

5 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)



Product Description

Our Kevlar composite Adirondack Guideboat is a blend of the best in design and modern boatbuilding technology with the highest caliber of traditional wooden boat building skills. Each boat is handcrafted to order. In designing our boats, company founder Steve Kaulback said, “I borrowed the ends from J. Henry Rushton’s, the middle from Dwight Grant.” He then faired everything to his own sensibility, creating a better boat with the traditional shape of the Adirondack Guideboat.

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Using one of his 15-foot wooden boats as a physical template, Steve molded a boat with a composite of Kevlar and fiberglass. The boat building process, which had previously taken months, could now be reduced to a week.

Without intending to, Steve became the most prolific Adirondack Guideboat builder in history. The blending of a relatively ancient hull shape with space-age technology produced lovely rowing boats with properties on the water and on your shoulders indistinguishable from our wooden Cedar Guideboat.

Now, with the globalization of website sales, we’re selling our boats across the United States and in England, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Scotland, Korea and Germany.

Oars are not included in the price of your boat. Click here to be taken to the guideboat oar page.

A little AGB history:

The Adirondack Guideboat influenced commerce, culture and developed rowing sport in Lake Region of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The boat was built with local pine, spruce and cedar and 8,000 tiny tacks and screws. Guideboats flourished for perhaps 60 years with a peak perhaps in the 1880s and 1890s. With the advent of the automobile and access roads, the Guideboat was no longer needed for regional transportation. But the design of the boat was held in high esteem and the Guideboat found a new position in recreational rowing.

A picture is worth 1,000 words so watch this beautiful six minute video, by Martha Stewart, tells a good story about her boat and our company, and the evolution of one of the world’s finest rowing boats.


A customer story:

Recently we were making a delivery in the Florida Keys­­… a rough job, but everybody has to be somewhere in February… where better than the Florida Keys? We shot some video footage of our Guideboat…. a new owner bringing his boat back to the dock for the first time. To the casual observer there isn’t anything interesting in this video. But boat-heads will easily see the boat’s relationship to the water. This new owner is barely doing anything… yet the liveliness of the boat is clear.

If you would like a hi-res version of any of the photos on this page, send us an e-mail specifying which photo you’d like.

Production disclaimer:

Adirondack Guide Boat products are usually built to order. Depending on the season we usually have boats in stock….but whether they are the model, size and color you are seeking…..well, a phone call or an e-mail can answer that question. Please have a look at our current inventory page and see what we’ve got.

You can contact us by email at Guideboat@together.net or by calling 802-425-3926

Additional Information

Weight 70 lbs

550 lbs.


Dark Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Jet Black, Ivory, Burgundy, Bright Red, Bright Yellow, Sea Foam

8 reviews for 15-ft Adirondack Guideboat

  1. 5 out of 5


    I’ve had the 15′ Kevlar boat in Dark Blue for about a year now. Not living on the water and having to haul the boat, everything said on the “Choice of Boats” section is pertinent, but I wanted the 15′ AGB, so…! At 67 I can handle the boat in and out of the water, but rolling it from the water onto the rack on my Tacoma is challenging. I’m working on it. It is a fabulous boat. My wife and I were on Lake Spaulding up here in the Sierra the other day and as we were getting into the water the kayakers were streaming off the lake, and working hard to do so, as the wind had come up. There were a lot of “Wow, what a boat” comments. We pushed off and went around the lake and headed back dead into the wind. I wanted to see how well I did in those conditions. Made the row effortlessly really and we were making time. Solo in the boat I can really cruise. I am working on my rowing technique and it is coming along nicely. Donner and Lake Tahoe this week. I just put 5 coats of oil on the bright work. It looks great. Did I say that this is a fabulous boat. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for which makes it an excellent value!!

  2. 5 out of 5


    The Brothers Ian and Justin are tops in Design, Service and what I call “Delivery.” They (like their boats) are superb. -JPG

  3. 5 out of 5



    My beautiful boat arrived today.  Yellow Freight delivered it right to my door step here at my dental office. Its gonna have to warm up quite a bit, we’re having the arctic blast coming through today with single digit temps. The boat even looks better in person than on the website!! Thanks so much!!


  4. 5 out of 5


    Hi guys. I have been meaning to write to thank you for building such a great boat. I have been out in calm conditions, 20-25 knot tailwinds and typical summer chop and boat wake in Barnegat Inlet. She seems to take rough water in stride as if to say, “Is that all you got?” Everywhere I have taken her, I get compliments on the shape and the woodwork. Of course it goes without saying that these boats are chick magnets – women know beauty when they see it! Bob

  5. 5 out of 5


    I just wanted to say that I am really enjoying the kevlar guide boat I bought from you back in July . . . I couldn’t be happier with it and the service and helpfulness of your staff . . . this boat makes friends everywhere it goes, I always get compliments about it ( a lot of “what a pretty canoe” remarks) . . . I’m hoping to get out in it at least a few more times before the weather stays cold. I took it over to a place called Timberlock in Sabael NY on Indian Lake. The owner has one of your dorys and took my boat for a test ride, he came back smiling. I’ve attached a photo of me and the boat on the lower Otter Creek this last August and on the beach at Watch Point, Indian Lake NY in September. Thanks again for making such a great, enjoyable, and beautiful boat. Russell Paul Burlington VT

  6. 5 out of 5


    Dear Steve and Dave, I first rowed your boat on Father’s Day on the Hudson and about a month later I ordered one. It was delivered to me here in Northeast Pennsylvania in August and I’ve had the enjoyment of it since. The boat is a living work of art. When I row it I feel as if I’m part of a work of art in motion. Every detail of design and build has been thought through to perfection. The boat, equipped with a sliding seat, is just the right combination of speed, stability, balance and rhythm. Many boaters have called to me, asking about the nature of the of the boat, I call back to them “adirondack-guide-boat.com.” The cost of the boat? For the level of functionality and craft, your boats are way under-priced. In the month that I’ve had it I appreciate that fact more and more. Sincerely, Jim Hely, Westfield, NJ

  7. 5 out of 5


    I’ve owned my guideboat for 3 seasons now and I’m still totally in love with it. Light and responsive, the guideboat is an absolute joy to row. You can move along at a relaxing pace with almost no effort at all – but you can also open it up and really HAUL. This boat can really move! It is very easy to row in all sorts of wind conditions and punches its way upwind like a real champ even with the pinned oars. You might not be able to stand in it but I’ve had it out in pretty choppy conditions and never felt unsafe in it at all – it feels very seaworthy and rides the waves like a leaf. It is also a very comfortable boat for fishing. Being fast and easy to row you can really cover a lot of water looking for fish – and when you find them, you can point the bow where you like and stop the boat dead in its tracks with ease. Bring the backrest up, set the oars on the aft seatback and sit back and relax – the boat is so well balanced that you’ll find it turns perfectly broadside to the wind and you get a nice slow drift through your “fishy spot”.

  8. 5 out of 5


    This is a fabulous boat for going out on the lake with my whole family. Even when the kids move around they don’t tip the boat over!

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