Hi all. I’m a middle aged outdoorsman who has paddled off and on since I was a kid (thanks, Boy Scouts), yet it was only a couple weeks ago when I bought my first canoe - a 90’s era Old Town Camper that has been well used and abused by a friend’s family over the last 30 years. It’s in need of some serious TLC but I’m excited at the new adventure possibilities as well as the renovation project in general. I see myself doing mainly day and overnight trips on relatively flat water, both tandem and solo.
My problem is that once I get started, I tend to go overboard (pun intended). So, I need a little advice because I don’t want to look like an over eager noob. Other than a clean up and revarnishing the wood, should I be installing grab loops and painters, cargo lacing, D loops, kneeling thwart, etc. or should I just be happy with an old beater and just go paddling?
Naturally, I’m looking for justification to go crazy customizing this beast, but don’t want to hear the snickers from the real paddlers at the put in parking lot, because, you know, appearances are everything