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WoodenBoat

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The “Rangeley Lake Boat” is a class of working rowboats from the 1870’s. It was developed from a combination of a number of different types of boats; the Adirondack guide boat, the St. Lawrence River skiff, a flat bottom boat used earlier in this region, and at least one unknown, but probably from the same area as the New York boats. Because of the more extreme weather conditions in the Rangeley Lakes Region in Maine: a direct northerly blast from Mt. Washington down into a long valley onto the big Mooselookmeguntic Lake, these designs were modified with new innovation and inspiration to master these tougher elements. The result was a new and original class of boat. Much more stable than an Adirondack guide boat which was designed for lightness in carrying and speed, or the much longer St. Lawrence River Skiff which was designed for toughness and speed, the Rangeley Lake boat was designed for stability, speed, ruggedness and easy handling. Plus she had to work well with the wave lengths of those big mountain lakes.

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My heart skips a beat every time I see these Traditional Nordic boats.

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2 Responses to “WoodenBoat”


  1. 2 O3
    February 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I bought 6 WoodenBoat magazines for 60 cents in cheap book pile at library and have really gotten interested in seeing if my revamped Canoe is seaworthy. These boats or the Adirondack guide boat look like a boat too build. I’d also love to see you sail that cat boat we found with KB years ago…..


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