Thanks Fred. I spent a good amount of time fine sanding and polishing the original deck and hull paint. There was an ugly skid plate on the bow and a rough little old repair on the stern that I fixed and flared back to the original hull lines. I got in some good practice trying to match the hull color and blend the fresh paint into the original so that it isn't obvious. Also revitalized the interior with a coat of varnish. The final touch was a new custom built from scratch foot bar that could easily be confused as a West Side Boat Shop original. Just for kicks I did a 5 mile time trial in it and averaged 5.9 mph. I have much respect for those short class paddlers and Earl made one heck of a boat!