This canoe had add-in foot braces in front of both the bow and stern seats. They didn't let us go to work in DC on Inauguration Day (yes, sad), so Steve and I spent the day sanding the interior of the Templeton Canoe. We made pretty good progress, but will have to come back another day to finish. We removed the seats, some add-in styrofoam braces and these foot braces. The foot braces were attached to metal straps with chicken wire. The metal straps were screwed into ribs. Are foot braces worth reinstalling? If so, should we be looking for a fastening system other than chicken wire? In the bow of the boat, there is a bit of gap between some of the ribs and the planks (enough so sandpaper slides into the void). It doesn't seem practical to varnish between the rib and the plank. Any suggestions on what to do? ~~Chip Walsh, Gambrills, Md.