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Left to right, Vireo, Flint and an Adirondack Guide Boat (T. Clarke)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Minimalist Oar Cruiser


Paul Butler designed, among a wide range of boats and other projects, a Montana Guide Boat. The Guide Boat is 11’ 6” (3.5m) long, double ended, flat bottomed and weighs 60 pounds (27 Kg).

The Montana Guide Boat Weighs 60 pounds

She’ll carry 250 pounds (113 Kg) and has 4 water-tight compartments, two at each end of the center cockpit. The two end compartments are accessed through deck plates, while the two inner compartments are accessed through bulkhead mounted hatches. These hatches not only provide access but also, when left open, give room for your feet for sleeping.

The Guide Boat can be rowed, paddled, poled and, with the addition of a short outrigger, powered by a small electric trolling motor.

Rowing with 6' (1.8m) Oars

Stable Enough to Fly Fish 

Hoops attached to the coaming support a tent.

Cockpit Showing Tent Supports and Plank Rowing Seat
Comment from a builder:
“It actually rows better than I expected with my 6 foot oars, sitting on the removable plank seat. It didn’t paddle very well however, with me kneeling, but I added a small shallow keel and that made a lot of difference.”
The Montana Guide Boat is not going to be very fast, but would be an ideal oar cruiser that is easy to build, easy to car top, and provides basic protection for ‘weekend cruises’ in protected waters.

Plans are in a 40 page building guide that includes lots of options and comments from builders.

2 comments:

  1. I could see how this boat would make a wonderful 1 person sailboat catboat rig, and a couple of leeboards, nice catboat style rudder.

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  2. I could see how this boat would make a wonderful 1 person sailboat catboat rig, and a couple of leeboards, nice catboat style rudder.

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