The lapstrake canoe is an ancient craft. in its recreational form it had already reached a very high pitch of refinement by the 1880’s, in the hands of artisans. A canoe is a lightweight narrow boat, typically pointed at both ends and open on top, propelled by one or more seated or kneeling paddlers facing the direction of. Green valley boat works canoe and kayak plans: models available. kite: our premier 14’10" solo tripping canoe, a new better-looking version of the osprey (see below)..