New member here, don't even have the canoe yet I'm in the process of acquiring my grandfather's 1940-ish 17' Old Town OTCA sailing canoe. I've not seen this boat since I was a teenager, and don't know it's actual condition; it's currently in transport to someone I've not yet identified to do the work. Don't ask me how that works; we're improvising in real-time... The boat's on a truck driving down the west coast headed to L.A. then headed back up the west coast and across the northern states. I'm in Petaluma CA, north of San Francisco. My understanding is it will need new canvas but the woodwork is in pretty fair shape. From a picture of the outside only, the gunwales are showing fairly deep grain. Regarding the interior... Searching here and elsewhere on the web, there seems to be a lot more of stripping, bleaching and bringing the wood back to new-ish appearance, vs refinishing in such a manner as to intentionally maintain more of the patina of age of these older canoes. Is it because it is easier to fully strip, or because the new-ish appearance is preferred? Or is it that the varnish usually gets so bad with the years that it needs to be removed? And is bleaching then required? I need to formulate a plan quickly and am gathering as much information as I can. My instinct is to want to preserve the sense of the history of this boat including the darkening and aging of the wood and even some of the alligatoring of varnish etc., but I'm also open to reason I've spoken with one gentleman in L.A. who won't touch it unless it's a full strip and bleach, and another in Minnesota who might not want it if it includes stripping and refinishing the interior (schedule). Maybe there's someone/something in between... Picture is me (front) and my brother in the 50's with this canoe. Thanks for any and all opinions & thoughts! Mark M.