yES Quite true about the use of 'glass. And most of the troubles we see in 'glassed w/c canoes is from inexperienced one time 'glassers' (like me), or 'glassed jobs that are 20 years old or so. And Quite often you will see Grand Lakers built with 'glass. BUT---I think that the traditional methods are tried and true and if I were to want to work with 'glass I would consider building a stripper as they are the tried and true designs for that. ' You might want to look at the Old Town Catalogue for weights of their 'glass vs canvas canoes to get an idea of weight savings but I doubt you'll save any weight and I still think it'll end up heavier. If you really want to save weight, reconsider using DACRON instead. If you are comfortable with 'glassing because of your experience with it then I can understand your inclination that way. In my experience, canvassing is way easier that 'glassing. A man near me 'glassed his Old Town and found that the 'glass split right down the keel in a short time. Don't know what weight cloth he used tho. And as I understand it, 'glass needs to be in balance between compression and tension. The thing is- it's yours and you get to decide. With your experience with 'glass I believe that you'll end up with a nice job that will last for years. I would be curious tho as to whether you save any weight. I suspect that you will decide to use 'glass so let me close with this: I painted, varnished, and railed a 1920 OT a couple years ago. It had been prior 'glassed by someone at some unknown time in the past. It was a fine job and the canoe was in good shape with the exception of the outwales which I replaced with spruce to save weight. the canoe was 16' and I doubt it weighed over 55# when it was done. Good luck with what you decide and let us know how it turns out.