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Eno

The Eno is a river in North Carolina that traverses 40 miles of rolling hills. For most of of it's length, the average width of the Eno is only 50 feet. With the exception of a 5-mile stretch of calm "backwaters", the Eno travels through almost constant gently dropping terrain for a total of 250 vertical feet.

The name of this canoe fits in well with what you'd find on the Eno: Constant but friendly flowing water with many turns. The river is often shallow in places so a lightweight canoe that can be easily portaged over these spots is essential. The average builder should be able to build a fully outfitted Eno under 40 pounds. A skilled and careful builder can achieve about 37 pounds and still have a very strong canoe.

At 13' x 28", the Eno fits into a category known as a "pack canoe". A pack canoe is more like an open top kayak, with the paddler sitting or kneeling on the canoe bottom. If a seat is used, it is raised up just enough to get your heels in close enough to stand up. Sitting higher may feel tippy to some paddlers so be sure to test out a couple different heights before permanently installing a seat.

The Eno has slight differential rocker and an asymmetrical shape to help maneuverability while maintaining a reasonable amount of tracking for a canoe this size. If a builder likes the shape but wants better tracking, the plans show how to add a small "tail" to the stern. This hull, however, will never be mistaken for a touring canoe! Since this a pack canoe, paddlers can use a double-bladed kayak paddle and achieve some impressive speed and tracking.

Specifications

Eno
Overall Length 13' 4 m

Max. Beam (main hull)

28"
.71 m
Height at bow & stern
17/15"
43/38 cm
Height at mid ship
11.5"
29 cm
Rocker fore & aft
1.5"/1"
3.8/2.5 cm
Estimated weight using 1/4" (6mm) Okoume plywood
37-45 lbs.
17-20 k.
Recommended weight onboard
120 - 400 lbs.
54 - 181k


This canoe can be made from 2 sheets of 4' x 8' (1.2m x 2.4m) plywood. One additional 1/2 sheet of any grade plywood will be required to make temporary frames.

This design can be built by a careful first time builder. There are no twists or complicating scarfing techniques. Everything can be done by someone with average woodworking skills and tools.

The 2 end temporary frames can be left in to create 2 compartments. They can be sealed off and act as buoyancy chambers. Leave them hollow or filled with buoyancy foam. The compartments will provide enough reserve floatation to make the hull unsinkable. A nice safety feature to have.

A builder could also incorporate hatches in the compartments and use them as dry storage.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials

  Eno
Plywood: 3/16" (5mm) minimum thickness
2 sheets
Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)
.9 gallons 6.8 liters
Fiberglass Tape
43 yards 40 m
Wood Flour
1 quarts .94 liters

*Additional material for fairing will be required. Material type and amount will vary depending on builders' taste and skill level.

Cost:
About $120 U.S. in 2005 costs.
This cost will increase depending on build options.
*Note: this estimate does not include plywood, lumber, or varnish/paint. These items vary according to builder desires/tastes.

Labor:
The hull can be built in 20-25 hours. Up to 20 hours to fair and paint depending on the desires and skills of the builder.

More:
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Our Plans Include:

  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each panel with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
  • Drawings list
    • Plan and Profile
    • Panel drawings on 11" x 17" paper. Metric and U.S. Standard units included.
  • Specific building notes for this boat.
  • Bill Of Materials
 
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Price: $48.00

 
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