I’ve been using my new ultralite Hornbeck canoe a fair bit since picking it up last month in the Adirondacks on my way back to Connecticut from Texas. Read about the shopping trip here. It’s light, paddles fast and, as I had known it would, scratches far easier than aluminum. I am still getting the hang of getting into and out of it efficiently (it’s a matter of how old folks’ legs work).
At 15 feet long, 24 inches at widest point, and weighing 24 pounds, it is a huge change from the Grumman at 17 feet long, 36 inches wide and 75 pounds. I miss the luxury of the super-stable, SUV-like Grumman, but I don’t miss pushing it around with a paddle. And I certainly don’t miss moving it around on land either! Keeping it for sailing, trash pick-up trips and when I have a passenger, of course.
So I now am a two-canoe family.