Thanks for letting me join. Hoping for some suggestions from you knowledgeable folks. In my 70th year. Decided to buy an old wood canvas canoe to fix up enough to paddle around Quetico Provincial Park, reliving my student days. Also, covid lockdowns make a person do things they never thought they might. The canvas is fair enough that I simply gave it two coats of good quality paint. For now. Will likely replace it and sand down the hull this winter. The outwhales were totally rotten, due to the previous owner's mistake of leaving it on the garage floor for the winter while he was in Florida. Now removed. The decks are no hell, but will make it through this summer. Have purchased new ash outwhales and am in the process of dry fitting as I speak. My first question: Why don't more canoe builders attach their screws from the inwhale side in the middle of the canoe, to avoid any possible hand contact with edges of any kind? I understand the necessity of working from the outside at both ends, but what are the downsides of producing true "rubrails" where we will be paddling?