Canvassing can be intimidating until it's done once, then it ain't so bad, right? ONly recently I began to think about the way canvas is done and in my understanding, there was the: 1. upside down with come along 2. right side up with come along 3. the way Joe Seliga did it with the come along and clothes pin. 4. the upside down with no come along as demonstrated many times by Gil Cramer So, one night I thought, why not use Gil's method and then turn the canoe right side up once the temporary staples have been put in the stems. I tried it recently and it was a success. I used heavy weight dacron I got from Gil. It is more difficult to apply than standard canvas in my opinion. I first layed out the material and squared it up. I stapled one end just around the curve of the stem and put three staples in. I pulled the other end as tight as I could by hand with my knee braced against the stem and put three staples in that end, around the curve of the stem just a bit. From that I turned the canoe right side up in the cradles and fastened as usual alternating from one side to the other, doing about three ribs at a time. Closing up the ends was as usual, which for me is to leave about two feet or so unstapled along the gunnel until the stem is fastened. Stretching the last two feet as the final step allows me to pull the material into the hollow of the canoe, if there is one, and there usually is. That way there is no trampoline of canvas in that area. I found that I saved about half an hour of set up time and my body did not suffer the next day from all the squatting and getting up and down. Here are some photos that may help.