I am not very familiar with cedar strip canoe construction but it's time to learn. Mine leaks a bit under the keel. I presume that the person that varnished it 10 plus years ago removed and replaced the keel and did not bed it properly....I am only guessing. Are these keels bedded? Is there a preferred bedding compound that I should use? How much is normally used? Do I varnish the planking under the keel before I replace the keel? What did WW use on the boats he built? I don't want to stray from original construction too far. As an aside, I thought my IG was a bit twitchy. I know that my Cnut Fox is a handful (with two paddlers). This thing.......holy mackerel Andy! My wife and I need to put on some more pounds or drop a dead moose in it next time out. It makes my Maine canoes feel very solid in comparison. I am lovestruck.