I just ran across a 1931 20' Old Town Guide in remarkable condition, needing only new outer gunwales and the canvas replaced. I weighed the old canvas when I tore it off and it was 22 lb. A 20' cedar/canvas is ungodly heavy enough for my 72-year-old body to portage so I don't want to add back another 22 lbs for canvas, filler, and paint. Instead of canvas, I'm looking at using either dacron that Alex Comb at Stewart River Boats has posted a video on, or ballistic nylon and marine epoxy paint. Has anyone tried using ballistic nylon rather than canvas on a cedar/canvas canoe? The boat's joints are remarkably tight and with sanding should not show with a thin lightweight coating. I realize an alternative covering rather than canvas will affect the resale value of the canoe, but the nylon can be easily removed and I don't plan to ever sell it. When I can no longer handle this big canoe, I'll offer it as a donation to the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner, WI.