A couple of years ago fresh out of a back surgery and plenty of recoup time on my hands I opened up a dialogue with a canoe/kayak designer and laid out my specifications for a canoe for the upper Neuse river. Must be lightweight. Under 50 pounds. Stable. One man. Able to cary me at 215 pounds and a hundred pounds of cargo. Must be able to easily be paddled against the current of the Neuse without much effort. I've referred to this concoction as my "back canoe" because it's designed around my wounded back but the actual terminology of such a craft is a pack canoe. The designer designed it pro bono claiming all rights to the design. Cool! Now for the name. We kicked around some names and finally settled on the "Eno". The Eno river feeds Falls lake and the outfall of Falls lake becomes the Neuse river. I shelved the plans since its birth but now is the time. I fish the upper Neuse alot because it's some prime time fishing that most people are unwilling to put the effort into especially if they have a bigger boat with an outboard. They cant use those boats in the upper Neuse because of the shallow flats , rocks, and boulders. Access is very limited. This is why weight was a major concern. I need something where we can be dropped off at a bridge and without much fuss get these things to the water. Later on we can be picked up where we put in or down river at another bridge. The Eno is 13' in length and 28" in width. Height at the bow is 17" and at the stern 15". Midship height is 11.5". Maximum rocker is 1.5". Weight is going to fall inbetween 40 and 50 pounds depending on what type of plywood I go with. Recommended minimum weight is 100 pounds and a maximum of 530 pounds. Thats alot for such a small craft! It's basicly a kayak without a top. I'm going to be building 2 of these boats at the same time starting in a few weeks. These boats will not serve as a fishing platform as much as they will as a vehicle to get up and down the river to some of my favorite fishing grounds without alot of investment. It's a 2 sheet canoe. 2 sheets of plywood will get her done and roughly 120-150 in epoxy and fiberglass tape. Fairing and paint will be extra. Conceivably one can be built for 200 or less depending on the choice of materials. I'll be coating the bottom with graphite loaded epoxy for a bullet proof, rock proof finish. I'll be able to chronicle alot of what I have spoken about as far as building stitch and glue. Making filets and taping filets. I'm not going all out on these builds with 60 dollar sheets of plywood. If I like the design well enough I'll buy a license to build more going all out. These boats are cheap enough to play with. Eventually I may cut a motorwell in the floor and cut the shaft off of a 30 pound thrust motor and mount it where it just does hang below the boat and steer it with a mechanical foot controlled rudder that hangs off the back but thats all later. My boat building blog will start here in a few weeks. These are fast builds. I can pop these suckers together in a weekend left alone but will drag them out somewhat so it can be made into an introductory of stitch and glue and show its simplicity. Remember that there are stitch and glue plans available for crafts up to 30 feet and not legally towable because of width without permits. Build a couple of these and you can build most anything you would want including something to run 50 miles out to the Gulf Stream on chasing dolphin.