Budsin Wood Craft is proud to introduce their new Black River Guide electric powered pirogue. We are currently taking orders for Summer 2013 delivery.
Designed to seat one adult with an optional removable seat perfect for a child, it can silently cruise all day without need for a paddle, … leaving hands free for a fishing pole, camera or binoculars. The Guide is powered by a permanently attached 24 volt trolling type motor and two deep cycle batteries, one located behind the driver's seat and one under the fore deck.
The Guide has a top speed of 5.6 mph with a running time of 7-8 hours. Batteries are recharged using an electronic battery charger (included with the boat). Handcrafted using the finest cypress lumber for the hull and a contrasting hardwood such as cherry or walnut for the decks and rails. The flat bottomed design makes it more stable than most canoes, and its wood hull absorbs vibration better than fiberglass or aluminum so it is quieter through the water. Speed control is infinitely variable in both forward and reverse allowing the boat to hover noiselessly, even in a river's current, making the Guide a perfect platform for viewing wildlife.
Performance: 5.5 mph top speed
Running time: 6 to 8 hours before recharging is needed. A battery "fuel" gage is installed on the boat.
Max Capacity: 2 persons
Max. weight: 320 lbs. persons or gear
Batteries: Two 70 amp/hour AGM batteries.
Construction: Varnished cypress hull with fiberglass reinforcement below the waterline. Contrasting hardwood used for decks and rails (typically cherry, walnut, or white oak but others are available)
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by George Jan 02nd 2013
To say that Margaret & I have enjoyed Adagio on Lake Lure NC is a gross understatement. This craft is everything we expected and more. The design is flawless and the craftsmanship unbelievably fine in all respects. This is a work of art. We, and many, many others, just enjoy looking at her! And it gets so much better as you quietly move out of the boathouse and begin to cruise the lake. The creature comforts surround us, the boat handles flawlessly and, as she cuts through the water, you hear the sounds of water rather than the sounds of engine. A classic in all respects.
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by Janet Jan 02nd 2013
I am a very satisfied owner.....I have owned by Sweet Genevieve for 7 seasons now. I bought my lake house in 2001 and wanted a boat that was quiet, special and Green Environmentally......well after researching my options and talking to other owners.....the reviews were fabulous and I commissioned her to be built.....She and Tom have served me well.....no regrets.....only joy!!!! My relationship with Tom Hesselink has been ongoing as I have needed other parts, covers etc.....he has remained constant, professional and attentive to all my needs.....I work too much .....but when I do get a day or two off to enjoy.....my hassle free yacht brings me total enjoyment and peace.....Just plug her in and charge her up and you're ready for hours of sneaking up on Herons, Egrets, Beavers and Eagles.....and as an extra bonus she is easy on your eyes too...I get compliments constantly as I cruise by other lake homeowners....."What a Beautiful Boat.....and Quiet too!!!" Come Visit me up at Whal... Read More
by David Jan 02nd 2013
This boat (15' Lightning Bug) is magical. It is so quiet we sometimes startle the loons as we glide by. Cruising with some wine, some cheese, great friends and our perfect boat--it doesn't get any better.
by Jim Nov 28th 2012
My wife, Janice, and I have enjoyed the Budsin electric boat for 6 to 8 years. We keep it at Lake Oconee in Georgia and find it particularly enjoyable early mornings and evenings. Tom has always been available for questions, adjustments, new batteries, etc. and comes to Lake Oconee frequently for delivery of boats in Georgia. We recommend him, his product, and the enjoyment that comes with them.