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Hi,

I'm ready to skin my Crawfish 14' and wondering if I need to sew the ends first, as with kayaks, or should I begin with stapling onto the gunwales, working from the center of the boat to the bow and stern? The stems of this canoe are at a different angle than any of the boats I've seen skinned in videos so I'm not sure how to proceed. Obviously,  I don't want to screw up anything at this point :)

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I alway do the ends first but I do clamp the skin to the gunwales with spring clamps, pulling it snug. You can pull the skin pretty much in place except for the ends and it helps to make sure you don't have any unexpected slack.

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I thought I added this, but buy you a set of canvas pliers.  They are great for snugging the skin on open boats.

 

Just watch it, you can pull it so tight you bow the stringer inward!

 

These are the ones I have, not recommending this seller, just wanted to show what your looking for.

 

https://usartsupply.com/products/usa-cp-521?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&gclid=Cj0KCQjwoub3BRC6ARIsABGhnybifaJ53VXr1p0n6g8nKQW88tSi3wg2_J0TpJgEoL3BetLzIffmAF0aAuw8EALw_wcB

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