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This is the flagship of my fleet, having been awarded Best in Show at the Northeastern Woodworkers Association Showcase 2002 as judged by a distinguished panel of nationally renowned woodworkers. The boat is a fully ribbed cedar-stripped reproduction of the Virginia, designed and built by H. Dwight Grant at Booneville, NY in 1905. The original boat is preserved in the heart of the Adirondacks at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
While original guideboats were built of thin pine planks over sawn ribs cut from spruce stumps, this boat was constructed of modern materials – western red cedar strips over laminated spruce ribs, with fiberglass on the outside. The seats and trim are cherry with deck accents of bird’s eye maple, and the outside is painted with durable marine polyurethane. The decks, trim, and inside are varnished. The oars are by Shaw and Tenny Co. of Orono, Maine, and are accurate reproductions of the originals. Polished brass stem bands, brass bottom shoes, and cast and polished brass oarlocks complete the boat.