I can't believe this is a first. I hope some of you have experience that will help. I figured my OT HW canoe would be watertight inside and out and left it outside and right side up for some weeks last summer while the garage was full of other stuff. When I put it away, I noticed that one rib near the middle was darker than the other nearby wood. A little probing with a fingernail and I broke through the varnish into some soft, wet wood. Using just my fingers, I peeled off the loose varnish so the wood could dry and hung the canoe in the garage for the winter. I'd say I have a patch about 20" X 2" on that rib that is bare or has flakey varnish and needs to be protected. The rib is soft. (although I cannot remember how hard they were when they were all stripped) Does that sound normal or does it sound like dried decay? Given that I am not going to replace the rib; Should I put some sort of hardener or stabilizer on the rib? What kind? Before or after a gentle sanding? What else before I add layers of Interlux Schooner?