As a follow up to my serial number thread found here: http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?8534-First-time-serial-search I thought I'd give you all a small update (now that I finally have something to update) on the basic restoration to 'servicable' I'm doing on this little 11' Old Town. I took the original (1969) canvas off last spring/summer and shamefully am only now getting around to patching up a few spots in the planking that saw rocks/punctures (having a 2 year old doesn't help my efficiency). It took me a while to match the color, but I think I got it pretty close. I also didn't recall until a bit into the process that this is a "lightweight" model, so the planking is just a little bit thinner than usual - as such I had to thin my planking patch pieces slightly to get them to sit flush. In the same spirit, and given the use this little canoe is likely to see, I ordered lightweight canvas, which will go on sometime relatively soon (I hope). Here she is: Just a quick question as I proceed... There are a few dark spots on the planking (it was stored outside for a time by a previous owner) though none of these darkened spots are soft at all, and no discoloration is visible from the interior. Is it worth doing something with 'git rot' to these spots (and how do I drill holes for the git rot without going right through the planking???) or if they're not soft, is it just discoloration from water: Thanks in advance, as always, for your expertise and support. Happy (almost) Easter.