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Guideboat 18

The Guideboat 18’s production was discontinued in 2015. Though the Guideboat 18 cannot be purchased new, we occasionally carry used Guideboat 18s. Please check our used boat page.

Bill and Dave enjoying rowing together on Stony Creek

Built from one of the two fastest Guideboat hull designs, the Guideboat 18 is in the top end of touring boats for performance and versatility. 

Looking for a smaller boat? Check out our Adirondack Guideboat 15

Whether training for racing in open water, increasing strength without loss of flexibility, family fun, touring, or even fishing, the Adirondack Guideboat 18 is an exceptional boat. The Guideboat 18 can be rowed as fixed seat or sliding seat. The Guideboat 18 can be sculled as a single or double with passengers (it’s truly comfortable) and plenty of additional gear.  The Guideboat 18 can also take a low thrust electric motor and travel for hours quietly and at good speed with incredible efficiency.

Unlike recreational and racing shells, the Guideboat 18 will row through the roughest of waves, either from nature or motor boats. The Guideboat 18 is an exceptional boat, though remember, do not attempt water conditions beyond your ability. Whether rowed as a single or a double, with or without additional recreational gear, or with an electric motor, the Guideboat 18 will keep you dry in all water conditions.

The Guideboat 18 is one of the two fastest Guideboat hull designs manufactured and one of the most stable boats that you will ever row. The Guideboat 18 may be considered a top race boat (it finished the 90 mile race of the Adirondacks in high order in its first year) that does double duty as a long distance cruiser (it carries well over 800 lbs. — at good speed). When fully loaded, it is easily the most efficient of all family hull designs as the Adirondack Guideboats become more stable with heavier loads due to the superior “V” shaped hull design.

Judy, Bob and Bailey enjoying a day out on the water

The Guideboat 18 is one of the premier exercise boats and the ultimate cross trainer for a heavier rower or for doubles. Rowing the Guideboat 18 increases strength without loss of flexibility, helps greatly in second wind acquisition without over training, and helps you keep your peak longer in other competitions.  Rowing is the best aerobic, low impact, progressively resistant form of top quality strength building. In the shortest period of time you can achieve a superior workout.

The Guideboat 18 has covered the 90 mile race of the Adirondacks in record times. It has performed faster than all recreational rowing shell doubles now in existence and is as responsive as recreational doubles and many recreational singles. A leisurely and comfortable “row all day pace” by rowers is 4 to 5 mph.  A 5 to 6 mph pace can be maintained with moderate exertion and a 7 to 8 mph pace is achievable by seasoned rowers. All these speeds are increased when rowing the Guideboat 18 as a double.

Length: 18 feet
Beam: 42 inches
Draft: 4 inches
Hull Weight: 85 lbs
Capacity: 850 lbs
Ro-Wing Rowing Unit Weight: 16 lbs

Hand Laid Hull with Cloth and Roving in Isothalic Resin
Cored Deck
Varnished or Oiled Mahogany Wood Trim
Hull Color:  White – other colors can be requested


Last known pricing for Guideboat 18 rigged as a single (2015):

$4,750      Guideboat 18, including self-bailer

Last known  pricing for a Guideboat 18 rigged as a double (2015)

$4,750      Hull, including self-bailer

Guaranteed Lowest Freight

Do you need a trailer to get your Guideboat 18 to the water? Check out the Trailex Trailers.
These trailers are, lightweight and easy to manage. Perfect for towing!

Do you need a boat rack or slings for storing your boat, or a boat dolly to move your boat around?
Take a look at the our Rowing Accessories Page!

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