This should be interesting... I currently paddle an early 60's Chestnut Fort (I believe - never quite figured it out). It's 16' and about 72 lbs. I have been quiet happy to throw it over head but as with many of us, even if in good physical shape, the weight gets a bit much by day 3 or 4, especially when one canoes alone.(But man it's a sweet paddle!) So I'm looking for a lighter option. I figure I have two options, modify my canoe to lighten it 10 lbs or search for another canoe. Here are my needs: I want to start doing longer trips, ( week or more). I will be solo on these trips except for my constant companion, an 80lb lab. I want to have a canoe weighing in no more that 60 lbs, preferably less. I am 190 lbs and 6'0. I paddle on my knees, boat heeled over most of the time. So, given that I already have 170 lbs in the boat plus I have to add a weeks worth of supplies ( I don't carry ovens or heavy cooking stuff)...who can suggest me a boat? Or is there such a creation? I do not particularly want to go to a - can I even say the word here - composite canoe. I look forward to your suggestions.