OUR 1925 SAILING CANOE IS NOW IN CANVAS Before putting on Canvas one must check to make sure no tacks are sticking out, sand the wood to make it smooth, as well as make sure the ends of the boat, near the stems, are “tight”. All of this is done so nothing protrudes through the canvas. The fabric is put into a canvas jig and the fabric stretched, after which the boat is inserted into the canvas and weighted down. While we used rocks to weight it down, many builders use a strongback and push the boat down with boards. The boat sits for a bit to let the canvas stretch to the shape of the boat, then it is cut down and attached to the boat under the gunwales. Traditionally, and at the time this boat was built, tacks would have been used to attach the canvas. We used a staple gun. Prior to canvassing the boat was well sanded on the inside and given 3 coats of varnish, 2 or 3 more coats will follow before she is finished. By varnishing prior to putting on the canvas, you allow the varnish to drip through any cracks, after the canvas is put on because you know have a backing, you have to make sure the varnish does not puddle up. Next in the restoration process is to seal the canvas. It does not adhere to the boat, rather you fill the canvas so that it is waterproof. We are using an epoxy filler for that which will take 4 coats. The Epoxy dries quickly and sands to a smooth coat. After that she gets painted and put in the water.