Plywood, Touring Canoe - simple to build.
||44lbs (20kg) - Gaboon (Okoume) Ply
Can be built down to weights of 34lbs (15.5kg)
- Simple to Build
- Great Paddling Boat
- Half the weight of most fibreglass Canoes
- Comprehensive Plan Pack with step by step instructions
and many illustrations
The Eureka Canoe is the result of a collaboration between
Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide and Michael Storer
Design. It is built stitch and glue - a simple method
where the panels are cut out and stitched together temporarily
while the joins are sealed with fibreglass tape.
fibreglass boats come in at about double the weight of
this one and don't come anything close to being classic
paddling boats. The Eureka has demonstrated that it goes
a long way with modest effort and tracks well when the
waves and wind are up.
We Jointly Developed the Eureka over several
prototypes to produce the best mix of performance, light
weight, good looks and most importantly for a kit to be
exported to Japan, to be foolproof in assembly.
The EUREKA canoe hullshape is computer generated
which allows much greater freedom in shape than traditional
This boat is built slightly differently to most stitch
and glue boats. The bilge panels are fitted to the bottom
panel, the topside panels are then attached to the bilge
panels - we use plastic cable ties. The width at the sheer
is located then the hull is filleted and/or glass taped
together. Gunwales, inwales, end decks and buoyancy tanks,
seats, and spreader bars are then fitted.
The Eureka has stability without a too blunt shape, which
produces a boat more suitable for long distance travelling
or where carrying a load. The boat pictured below came
in at 15.5kg (34lbs) finished with a lot of effort made
to keep the weight down - 3mm (1/8") ply instead
of the 6mm specified, lightweight fibreglass on the bottom,
use of selected lightweight timbers for the trim and those
really cool lightweight seats. A boat built to the normal
specifications tends to come in a bit over the 43lb mark.
Half the weight of a 'glass boat.
Reports of the first boat launched show it to be much
easier to paddle than the usual plywood canoe, and indeed
much better than most production glass hulls - this becomes
important where distances are being covered - greatly
reducing the effort required from the paddlers.
The other major bit of feedback is on the appearance
- the EUREKA is a very handsome boat - quite unusual for
the average plywood boatbuilding project.
all dimensions are finished sizes and
are in mm unless stated otherwise.
WRC -Western Red Cedar (Australia)
or other light, stable, straight grained timber with
good gluing properties. No loose or large knots.
Oregon -Douglas Fir, select dry stock.
Fine grain, no knots.
or 6mm Ply
x 1220 **See note below
or 6mm Ply
||15 x 15
||(used later for end deck supports)
||25 x 12
||25 x 12
||25 x 12
||Oregon or WRC
||45 x 19
||75 x 19
Note: the plywood selected requires a minimum sheet width
of 1220mm (the old standard of 4 feet width) to fit all
the panels as they are drawn in this plan. The sheets
will be OK if they are 2440mm long rather than the 2500mm
listed in above but the width needs to be the 1220 for
easy marking out
NEW! Printed Plans Booklet
Thanks to the magic of modern computer printing, we are able to offer a spiral bound full set of plans for the Eureka Canoe titled "How to Build the EUREKA CANOE". These printed plans include all the instructions, bill of materials, drawings, etc. that you get with the PDF file which is included in the "Instant Download" option above - only spiral bound with color front and back covers on heavy stock. Postage is added to cover shipping of the printed booklet. No postage is charged for the instant download.