I’ve just picked up a well worn 13’ Allagash Guide canoe to repair/restore. Never having done any canoe repairs before I’ve been reading as much as I can but am interested in getting input from folks who may have seen/repaired similar damage.
The floor of the boat has a wooden inlay, with a very course weave fiberglass over it. In many places it is completely worn down to the fiberglass. I’ve seen conflicting information on this sort of situation regarding just coating with spar varnish versus epoxy. It still feels quite solid, hoping to preserve the look of the inlay as much as possible. Attaching a photo of the floor below.
The hull is in decent shape overall considering its close to 40 years old, lots of scratches in the gel coat that I’ll be trying to polish/buff out, but along the keel there are areas the gel coat is completely worn flat and through exposing the fiberglass. Looking for suggestions on the preferable approach to repair of this sort of damage as well.
Gunwales to be replaced as well, but that aspect I feel I’ve got a good handle on. I have a lot more experience with wood than fiberglass!
Thanks for any and all advice!