Adirondack Guideboats by Boathouse Woodworks

About Boathouse Woodworks
& Jim Cameron


Traditional Adirondack Guideboats

Boathouse Woodworks was founded by Jim Cameron to build and restore Adirondack Guideboats in the time-honored fashion, using only traditional methods and materials:

For nearly 20 years, my primary professional interest has been in the construction of the Adirondack Guideboat. But I have also been glad to work with other types of boats — from one hundred year old IDEM sailing sloops to antique motor launches to my own small electric launch reproduction, and to that end, I have built a single craft each year.

In times between boat work, I've taken birch and cedar with the bark left on and made rustic furniture and porch railings.

During 1981 through 1984, the local community college offered a course in traditional Adirondack Guideboat building. Under the direction of 2 master builders, 10 students built a 16-foot boat each year. I am one of two from those first two years who build these craft as a profession, and I regularly row the boats.

~ Jim Cameron, Master Boat Builder

Jim and Lynn Cameron in their Adirondack Guideboat

Upper St. Regis is home waters for the oldest sailing class in the world still under sail in original boats in a regular series. All twelve original IDEM class racing sloops celebrated their 100th birthday in 1999, and Jim Cameron has been very active in all aspects of their maintenance and restoration since the early '80s, and has been a sailing crew member for 22 seasons and on the series winning boat for the last 11 years.

We invite special requests, and make every effort to personalize each new guideboat, restoration project, or rustic furniture.

  Boathouse Woodworks boat seal

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Hand-Crafted Traditional Adirondack Guideboats
Jim Cameron, Master Boat Builder
P.O. Box 317, Lake Clear, New York 12945
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