Eureka Canoe at the Duckflat School – so some alternative methods

At the Duckflat Autumn Boating School Bob Bauze built himself a Eureka Canoe.

We used a few methods a bit different from the plan to speed things up and make some fitting work a bit easier.

We used fillets on the inside of the boat instead of glass tape.

This method adds a bit more weight and a bit more expense but some people prefer the look of neatly fitted fillets.

We still used some glass tape on the inside in the buoyancy tanks as that is the only way of making the joint strong where the two panels that make the sides of the boat meet up edge to edge at a vanishingly small angle.

The method for the decks was changed too – with the side of the boat being routed down to the same thickness as the deck and the deck edge covered by the gunwale.

This created a join between the edge of the deck and the gunwale that was at a joiner’s level of tightness.

It is also faster – but a bit more risky – and it does mean that the process goes faster but is more fiddly. So have a look at the pics and see what you think.

Because of the tight timeframe we decided that instead of glass taping the seams on the outside of the boat we would use one layer of a very light glass cloth.

This does add some weight – but saves a day or two on the building process – important if the class lasts only 10 days.

The advantage is that you have only one glass edge to fair into the ply and it is much smaller being a cut edge and also because of the lighter glass weight.

The photoset with comments is here

Anyway – most of the class participants – who were building more elaborate boats – were pretty impressed by the Eureka’s good looks and lightness

Also that it could be almost finished in 10 days (sans seats).

The current record for a completely finished Eureka is 2 weeks.

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2 thoughts on “Eureka Canoe at the Duckflat School – so some alternative methods

  1. Sonja Jeffcoat says:

    Hi Michael

    I have been admiring your Eureka canoe over the last couple of years we are in the middle of building a 26 foot Wharram Tiki but for various reasons building has come to a halt and I’m tempted to start a smaller project that we can take on camping trips. The Eureka would be perfect as it uses stitch and glue techniques I am familiar with from the Tiki.

    I’ve just noticed the Quick Canoe though and the shorter build time is tempting although design wise it doesn’t have the same appeal as the Eureka…. what’s a girl to do!!!

    If I was to add the drop in sail rig which would handle better of the two?


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