An on-line stitch & tape manual (building a new plywood design) (last up-dated 19/09/09). A canoe is a lightweight narrow watercraft, typically pointed at both ends and open on top, propelled by one or more seated or kneeling paddlers facing the direction. Intro: simple canoe. there have been a few canoe like objects put up on instructables but this one is really a pirogue- or flat bottom canoe. there is actually a lot.