The Eureka is a lightweight classic touring canoe built using the stitch and glue method. It goes a long way with modest effort and tracks well when the waves and wind are up. It provides the best mix of performance, light weight, good looks and almost foolproof assembly.
The Eureka is an unusually handsome boat designed by Michael Storer, based on classic canoe touring shapes from a time when canoes were used for real transport. This is a boat suitable for long distance travelling or carrying a load.
It is much easier to paddle than most plastic or fibreglass canoes – this becomes important where distances are being covered – greatly reducing the effort required from the paddlers.
Several of these canoes have been converted into trimarans or outrigger canoes by adding Michael Storer's removable drop-in outriggers. These provide excellent sailing performance and a stable platform for diving or fishing.
The boat is built slightly differently to most stitch and glue plans. The bilge panels are fitted to the bottom panel, the topside panels are then attached to the bilge panels. 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 FP is a high-volume version of the original Eureka canoe. It has the same length but the beam is increased to 36″, giving it another 100 lb capacity.
The kit includes:
The kit is made from 4 mm marine plywood and coated with fibreglass fabric on the outside of the hull. This provides a lighter, stronger hull than the alternative method using 6 mm plywood with fibreglass tape only on the seams. Both options are detailed in the plans.
There is enough detail in the plans to build this boat just by following the step by step instructions. The plans are 37 A4 pages with photographs, diagrams and text. They contain detailed information on each building step, including how to join the plywood, mark the shapes of the panels and use the epoxy.
The plans are in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form.