Hornbeck Boats
About Hornbeck Canoes
Peter and Ann Hornbeck have been building boats and living on Troutbrook Road, in Olmstedville, for more than 40 years.

Peter founded Hornbeck Boats in 1971. His original Lost Pond design was inspired by boatbuilder John Henry Rushton (1843-1906), of Canton, NY. Rushton built the first of several lightweight canoes for George Washington Sears, aka Nessmuk. Nessmuk's articles for Field and Stream popularized wilderness canoeing as well as Rushton's boats. Rushton's famous Sairy Gamp weighs just 10.5 pounds and is on display at the Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, next to a Kevlar replica Peter built for Christine Jerome, author of An Adirondack Passage: The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp.

By 1975 Peter had fine-tuned his design to the Classic model that is still popular today. Hornbeck Boats are known for lightness and close attention to detail, but the company's business model has always extended beyond the workshop. Peter, Ann and the Hornbeck boatbuilding crew like to see evidence of their canoes being used, so they encourage customers to bring them in any time for repairs (basic repairs are often free).

Hornbeck avoids cost mark-ups by selling most of its boats directly to customers at the Olmstedville workshop. Finding the right boat is a process that involves conversation, test-paddling on the pond, and fitting a boat to a paddler's size and needs.