Has anyone heard of CRWS? Well, I had it for several days — Canoe Restoration Withdrawal Syndrome that is. And it was bad. So I was really happy to get a call from Roger, whose schedule opened up a day early.
When I arrived I found that Roger had already shaped the stem pieces to the canoe contour, filled outer deck holes with epoxy, and sanded the sides to the level of the inner gunwales.
I had about a 4 hours time slot, so my job today started with power sanding the external hull to smooth the epoxy areas. I then lightly sanded the interior ribs and, after thoroughly power blowing the canoe (inside and outside), I applied the final varnish coat. The inside was now gleaming.
Flipping the canoe again, I applied the final varnish coat to the outside hull. In between these jobs I also sanded and varnished the seat supports, as they must be screwed in place before the canvas is installed.
All in all, it was a great and productive day. Once dry, it’s canvas time at Carlisle!