You don't have to have a feature strip to have a spectacular canoe.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I had a student who made a canoe with a gradient shading. I have a student who heard this and sorted her strips by color. She's got a feature strip, but she also has taken the darker strips for the "football" at the bottom of the canoe. She's got a gradient going from dark and getting just a bit lighter as it goes towards the keel area of the canoe. Here's a picture:
I think this is going to look pretty spectacular when she gets it glassed.
Some people also have a contrast between "topsides" and "hull" which is neat as well. There are many, many ways to have a distinctive boat with unique stripping methods. It's all up to your imagination!