I am in the middle of a cedar strip canoe project and could use some advice.
Last fall I applied and sanded the fiberglass on the outside of the hull. I
had to quit because of the cold weather. I installed temporary thwarts to help
preserve the shape over the winter since the inside of the hull is still
unprotected bare wood. I then literally hung it up in the garage, suspended
sideways from ropes near the thwarts.
Now I'm ready to scrape and sand the inside of the hull to prepare it for
fiberglassing. Unfortunately, the sheer lines are not a fair curve anymore.
When looking down at the gunwales from above, there are slight bends where the
middle temporary thwart was.
Shall I proceed with the fiberglass and hope the gunwale strips will pull it
fair? Shall I try to clamp on temporary outwales while I apply the inside
fiberglass? Any other suggestions? Please respond via e-mail to
Thanks in advance,
and not looking forward to a boat with wavey gunwales.