The Eureka makes typical use of the stitch and glue boat building method. It is ideal when panels have a lot of twist and the stresses between panels are high.
I also use a duct tape instead of stitches for assembly where the hull has low stresses required to hold the components together.
I use both conventional stitch and glue and the duct tape assembly method for different canoe designs. To see what I have available have a look at my Plywood Canoe Construction comparison page. Plans can be ordered from that page too.
Here we have Bob Bauze building a Eureka in the Duckflat boatbuilding school.
He didn’t quite get it finished in the 9 day course, but almost.
Tools needed are quite basic. The most expensive are
- Cordless drill with clutch
- Random orbit or orbital sander
- Handplane – block plane or standard #4 plane
Beyond that it is rulers, pencils, nails, drywall or plasterboard screws and simple things like that.
Bob hadn’t built a boat before, so a lot of the building was quite new to him.