I bought a this canoe as a project boat. It's in lousy shape--if the the craigslist ad hadn't been misleading (unintentionally, I think--the seller didn't know what he was doing) I wouldn't have bothered, but I had to make a long drive to get it, and...
I bought the stupid boat anyhow. It's a Navarro Loon 17 canoe with some significant damage to the hull from falling off a moving car. The gunnels are falling to pieces because the boat was neglected, and I think most of the wood will have to be replaced.
Should I replace the gunnels first so the hull will keep its shape while I fix the fiberglass? (There are some small damaged areas on the hull under the gunnels.) What kind of wood would be ideal for the gunnels? What kind would be obtainable and adequate?
Would you go for cheap-but-ugly repairs to make the boat seaworthy, or do you think it would be worth while to spend the extra time and money to make the repairs pretty?
Some of the wood ribs will have to be repaired or replaced--how do I go about that?