My Penn Yan car topper will soon be done so I'm looking at the next possible project, and also looking to move up a step or two in terms of difficulty/complexity to keep learning more as I go along. I looked at two Old Town boats yesterday side by side. The purchase prices are identical, so it's really just a question of which boat to pick. Both boats are from 1938-ish, both 16' long, virtually carbon copies of each other. They came from the same estate sale. Boat #1 was fiberglassed at some point in the 1970s I'm guessing, and hasn't been registered since 1990, so I also suspect it hasn't been in the water since then. This boat has slightly more interesting seats than the second boat and has double rowing stations; but there is some daylight/separation between ribs and planking along the floor that suggests maybe something has warped somewhere along the way? A handful of broken ribs. The transom is solid. Here's a couple of photos of this boat: Boat #2 was canvassed and the seller started a renovation several years ago, removing the canvas and perhaps 50% of the the painted surfaces inside the boat. The paint really protected the wood, so everything here is nice and tight in terms of ribs and planks snugged up against each other compared to the other boat. I only counted one broken rib in this boat. Somewhat simpler seats, only one set of oar sockets on the boat. The transom is separated so will need re-gluing or replacement. Some photos of boat #2: I'm inclined toward boat #2, mainly because I'm nervous about the fiberglass on the other boat and what may lie underneath. Also the second boat's interior wood seems to be in better shape. Both boats will need repairs to the keel and other elements, but I don't think either needs anything crazy. I could use advice about canvassing a boat with sponsons, though. I'm just wondering if folks had an opinion about which boat to choose, if it were any of you making the choice? I really appreciate any thoughts, comments, feedback, and/or advice about getting into either of these as a project. Like I said, the prices are identical, it's really a question of which one would you want to work on. I have a few other photos I can load in a followup post. Thanks in advance! Jim p.s. I promise I'm working my way up to a real canoe! soon!!