Hi, first time post here! I just acquired a 15' Old Town Trapper (1967) (#177812) for restoration. The hull has a remarkably sound shape, with only 4-5 spots of planking that need to be replaced, plus the outwales. Maybe a deck, although I'm not 100% sure that is necessary - depends on the 'look' I'm going for. Oddly enough, the ribs look fine. I'm going to try and keep as much original wood as possible, as long as it is structurally sound. The canoe was originally glassed ("polypropylene covered ADM resin") in natural color. The first person to acquire the boat for restoration has actually stripped most of the glass already. My question (first of many I'm sure) regards whether to re-glass. I had purchased the canoe with the goal of canvasing, but I'm really stunned with how brittle the old cedar appears. I can't imagine EVER resting any weight on this - posts I've seen (and comments online) suggest that canvas is very strong, but those are always in reference to rocks, logs, and things below the boat. I'm very, very concerned about breaking from above, the weight of my feet or knees. I don't have a sense whether this brittle quality is inherent to all old cedar canoes, or if this is a unique problem to this boat. The planking looks great, but there just isn't much strength to it. I feel like I could "punch" through or crack it if pressed with inappropriate force. I don't want to restore a boat that isn't sound upon completion. SO - in my opinion (and I'm probably jumping to conclusions), my thought is that if I reglass I'd gain an additional layer of support around the entire boat. Oddly enough, because the boat was originally fiberglassed, that would be consistent with a restoration to the boats original form [although it pains me to say that as I had no intention of glassing it]. That, with re-"hydrating" the wood w/ linseed oil, then varnish, might get the boat back to a usable, although heavier, point. Replacing all of the planking is definitely beyond my limited workspace at the moment. Any thoughts on whether fiberglass might accomplish what I'm hoping for? I'll post some photos in a few days when I can borrow a digital camera, but unfortunately no demonstrations of how brittle the cedar is!