I can not understand why these type of boats have not become more accessible to paddlers her in the midwest. They a =re great for lakes and rivers and very easy to transport. The Hornbeck is a solo Adirondack pack canoe that weighs about 17 pounds for easy carries along narrow portages like you might find in the BWCA or Sylvania Wilderness area. It is pretty fast for a shorter boat and behaves well on the water. I have taken it on moderate chop and wind and felt secure and stayed dry. It designed to be double bladed while you sit low like a kayak, but I often use a single blade on flatter water because I enjoy the slower, more stately pace. This boat is well worth a trip to New York to get. While there Peter Hornbeck will try out the various models and features and more or less make the boat to suit your style and needs. He even signs it for you when it is done.
A year or so ago I bought the boat because I wanted a short lightweight canoe and because my paddling partner had recently gotten replacement hips and was having some trouble getting into and her kayak. Mr. Hornbeck took lots of time with us, gave us some tips and recommended this boat model over our other choices. I have been more than happy with this choice. It is faster than I expected, handles well in wind, and is so light (at about 15 lbs.) that I am still surprised when I lift it to put on the car. It is meant to be double bladed, but I often use a single blade just because I want to. For double blading, Peter Hornbeck recommended a long (very long) paddle and this seems to work very well. The Hornbeck has turned out to be one of my better boat investments and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lightweight, canoe that can carry some freight.