The local outfitter here in Columbia SC has had a 1985 Old Town Columbia 18ft canoe for sale for 2 1/2 years and it is finally mine! It was stored indoors by the original owner for 25 years and NEVER paddled until they lost its storage and decided to sell. I first saw it in 2010 shortly after it was placed outside on a for sale rack. It was in FULL exposure to the sun and rain but still virtually BRAND NEW. Nary a scratch on it and perfect wood. Well 2.5 years of the elements have faded the finish some but I can deal with that. Its the wood gunwales that have suffered and the split seems have seperated some and the wood has some light rot. I think I am going to use my pressure washer to carefully remove the embedded dirt and rot before allowing to dry and begin the sanding process. The inner and outer gunwales are made of SQUARE cross-section wooden strips which are BAD for the OUTER rail because it will surely grab my nuckles and fingernails. I will take my time and sand a rounded edge to make for better paddling.