1925 HW Sailing Canoe The bow had a lot of damage. We replaced 3 cant ribs, all in a row, and with that also came the need to replace most of the planking on the port side. After the ribs were put in, we added more planking in order to finish the ends and get the outside planking connected to the stem to give it strength. Continuing to be concerned about its shape, we clamped the gunwales, tacked in the planking and left in the blocks of wood to keep pressure pushing out on the ribs. It is working. The boat looks correctly shaped. So much of the challenge is to make sure the boat keeps it’s shape. In this situation we are challenged to keep the bow sides pushed out, they want to collapse in, which would flatten the port side of the boat too much. To help, we put in blocks of wood to press the boat outwards. You will also notice that the boat is without its seats and thwarts which usually help hold its shape-without the thwarts and seats, which way will a boat tend to fall-do her sides collapse in and become more narrow? OR do her sides collapse out and make her wider?