Building an Adirondack Guide Boat (and Racing it…)

Richard Honan Winner of 2014 Best in Show for "I Built it Myself" category

Richard Honan Winner of 2014 Best in Show for “I Built it Myself” category

When the 2015 Wooden Boat Show rolls into downtown Mystic, CT in late June, you can bet you will find Richard Honan and his newest accomplishment front and center. After winning the 2014 Best in Show in the “I Built It Myself” category with his sweet little sloop, Proud Mary 2, Honan went right back to work building his next great floating thing, An Adirondack Guide Boat.

This will be Honan’s 10th boat building accomplishment. He is building the boat to compete in the six mile Essex River Race ( From there, It’s off to Mystic Seaport and the Wooden Boat Show in June, where he will again show his boat in the “I built It Myself” exhibit. Perhaps the best part of this story is not that this guy is a MAJOR fan of TotalBoat and JD (=winner), but that this particular boat for him is a labor of love with his grandkids. He is involving them with the build, and is naming the boat after his 2 granddaughters, Anna & Emily(Double Happiness). Awwww.

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Customer Spotlight – Kevin Guglielmello

Kevin Guglielmello

Kevin Guglielmello purchased his first boat only a few months ago, and has been renovating it ever since. The photos above only show his fantastic work on the cockpit floor of this Tanzer 22 swing keel, but Kevin has replaced and repaired much more of his new project, and says he uses the TotalBoat products for much of the work. In addition to the floor renovation, Kevin’s repaired the boat’s windows and transom; and he’s entirely replaced the mast step support beam. As you can see from the photos he sent us, he’s also included some of the TotalBoat products he used on the cockpit floor; including both our slow- and fast-hardening epoxy systems and our TotalTread non-skid deck paint.