Some of you followed my build of a hybrid canoe last summer that I had designed to list of specifications I dreamed up. Taking those specs and putting it to plan revealed what the designer refers to as a pack canoe but I view as a hybrid canoe. It handles more like a yak and you paddle it like a yak but with the basic lines of a canoe. It was designed as an open boat with nothing in it but two cross members and paddled sitting on your knees while sitting on the back of your legs to lower the center of gravity. I'll be sitting in a yak seat, not on the back of my legs. I've done several sea trials before it's completion mainly to find the center of gravity from bow to stern before I completed the build because I was modifying it or deviating from the plans. First let me say I'm building two of them at the same time. The difference between the two will be the width of the canoe at the gunnels. The canoe I'll use is wider at the gunnels. Amazingly this small hybrid canoe can handle a 550 pound payload. It's not for the skinny folks. It needs some weight in it to tame it. It's quick on the water and nimble. It has a pretty tippy feeling to it until you get accustomed to it. It's actually not as tippy as it feels. After 10 minutes of paddling I was experimenting in heeling it over. I took the open design and did away with the cross members. I added a rear deck with 2 openings. The one behind the seat is for the fuel tank (beer cooler) and the other is for a 5 gallon bucket. I have a couple of nice 5 gallon buckets with screw on lids. A 6" opening in the bow bulkhead will house a deck plate with a screw on lid for a watertight compartment for cameras, wallets, etc. Keep in mind that the design of this canoe was not to fish from but was solely purposed for transportation in the upper Neuse river where boats with motors don't go. It's prime trophy flathead grounds and barely fished except around bridge crossings. However provisions have been made to lock these two canoes beam to beam for stability if the need arises to fish certain locations. The problem with solo fishing is not the act of hauling a trophy to the canoe. The problem occurs when you get a 50 pound flathead to the canoe. Nothing you can do but either get in the water with him or cut the line. I'm in the fairing stage. All of the glass work is done. It's basicly adding final trim, mixing micro ballons with epoxy for fairing, waiting for epoxy to cure, sanding, and drinking beer while you sand. The reddish purplish color you see is microballoon enriched epoxy with some cabosil added. The bondo of boat builders. The bottom of the canoe has four coats of graphite powder enriched epoxy. Graphite provides abrasion resistance and if you elect to sand it with 120 grit as I have it is slick as snot. Nice for going over water obstacles or through weeds. Some may think paint is slick but if you run your finger down a painted bottom gradually increasing finger pressure you start getting resistance and friction. With graphite that isnt the case. In fact at this stage I often put something under one end or the other to get a better angle in fairing. Got to be careful though and chock the other end. If I dont it will slide off the work table and onto the shop floor. How tough are these boats? You be the judge. Twice I've found my canoe 25 feet out in the yard a 1/4 full of water. No damage. To get there it had to go through an opening smaller then the length of the canoe. No visible damage on the 6x6 shelter posts that I've found yet. Total weight? Heavier then I planned but I opted for plan deviations, exterior luan, and I double glassed the bottom. About 60 pounds. Using 60 dollar a sheet Okoume I could have shaved about 20 pounds off the builds. Paint colors. The outside and deck tops will be a canary yellow. Primarily for safety. We'll be using these canoes more at night then during the day. It would be nice if the canoes can be spotted if we get into trouble on the water. The interior will be Hatteras off white to cut down on sun glare yet make it lighter in the canoe at night. The anti skid on the floor of the paddling compartment will be a cream color. The trim will be a mid brown color. Construction is stitch and glue using 5.2mm exterior luan plywood, epoxy, and 6oz. glass cloth. Notice the curve in the rear deck from the bow shot. You cant see much of the rectangular opening but you can see alot of the bucket opening. Pretty nice curvature.