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Elegant. Sophisticated. Distinct. Sexy.

These are traits lacking in other production light craft. There are enough mundane contributions to the world of modern boating and our mission at Marion River Guide Boat Co. is to not be one of them.

If you have ever dreamed of owning something that will set you apart from everything else on the water then a traditionally constructed Guide Boat is what you’re after. Real wood frames and planks painstaking shaped and joined over hundreds of hours produce the graceful lines of this swift handling hull.  These boats perform as well as they look whether you are solo or have a boat full of gear and loved ones.



Life as a boat maker

Enjoy lines of wit, wisdom, and wonder from a boatmaker, his wife, and (occasionally) their dogs. Well, really just the one dog, the other one isn’t so smart.

Are you Living with No Regerts?

I didn’t misspell it, because No Regerts has a different meaning than no regrets. Let me give you a little back story. When Kevin, our son, was in 7th grade he came home one day with big black X’s on both hands and the words “No Regerts” written the length of his arm...

What is in a name?

A lot of people have asked me why I chose the name“Marion River” for the company. It is a simple story but one that I enjoy telling. Growing up I had an excellent friend whose family had vacationed on Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks for decades.  I was very...

Staying Motivated

It is exciting to quit your job and say, "Hey, I want to be a boatmaker." And even if boat making is not on your agenda (and may I be somewhat selfish and hope that it isn't), I think most of us have had the "I want to quit my job and be a _____" at some point in our...

What sets our Adirondack Guide Boats above the rest?

We blend the perfect combination of traditional construction and modern technology to produce a craft unparalleled in beauty and ability.  It is truly functional art. To learn more about the meticulous hand craftsmanship that goes into producing these amazing boats, please click the link to follow the process step by step.

Coming Soon

Marion River Guide Boat Co. is very excited to introduce our very own line of apparel that is as fun and exciting as our boats.  Choose from a variety of themed merchandise to compliment your love of being on the water and out in nature. Coming soon!




Coming soon

There is always a lot going on in and around the shop and we like to share our passion for wooden boat building (among other things!) with anyone who is interested in learning more about what we do and why we do it.  Subscribe to our youtube channel and you will get to see first hand what goes into building our beautiful Adirondack guide boats and other exciting projects.

Meet us!

One of our favourite things is getting out and meeting people who love wooden boats!  There are so many great shows and festivals to choose from and we plan on being active throughout 2019 so be sure to check out the places we are going and even a few of the places we’ve been.   We also love just getting out there and rowing a few miles ourselves and we will try to keep you posted if you are in the area and want to take a turn at the oars.