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The canoe is split on each end and has a hole in the center on the bottom. I was thinking of doing a "stitch & Glue" on the ends then layering fiberglass over the hole in the bottom, layering fill in layers before applying layers that will cover the hole thus letting it retain its shape. I am no expert in this and need some advise from a professional.

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What ever you do, you need to grind down the gelcoat if it has any and get down to some fresh glass, wipe clean with acetone and have your pieces ready cut and ready to stick on, Go front to back and do the middle at the same time, this way you won't need to sand in between coats, just keep laying on the cloth, you will need some 9 oz cloth, about 4 inches wide, boat resin, acetone, rubber gloves, Popsicle sticks, measuring cups, hair paint brushes, the cheap ones, paper paint buckets, etc, staple a plastic sheet down to a piece of plywood, lay out your strips and saturate them with resin, lay them on the patch, inside and out, roll flat with a roller sold at fiberglass supply stores, like boat supplies, Let it set up, and then do some final sanding, you should be all set. I would put about 3 or 4 layers on all the holes. Make sure you measure your resin and hardener exact and make sure it is hot out, and dry if you can, no humidity, no cold weather. Hope this helps.

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