OK it must be winter already, because boat renovations have begun.
Plans are to build a lift for the transom, a lining sleeve in its bow, D-rings on its stern for lining, and possibly spray rails too.
The lift will be adjustable via carriage bolts which allow the meat of the new transom to be bolted high, low, or in between based on the boat's load and anticipated water depth (or lack thereof). 6 to 7 inches of motor lift is anticipated.
I'll add more posts and pictures here to this thread as the work progresses. I'm hoping that my chief boat-architect (also a forum member here) will chime in on this thread also, adding a more expert description than I'm able to do. He knows how to build a lift and make expert boat modifications, and I want a lift for my motor but am in WAY over my head on doing this modification myself, so we're a perfect match.
Initial measurements of my canoe show it to be 18 feet long, 49 inches wide, 16 inches tall in the middle (as it sits on my lawn), with a 27 inch wide transom and it weighs a ton (OK, it seems to... true weight unknown). Scott rates this boat's carrying capacity to be just about exactly one ton, and I do believe it; I've carried a lot and it doesn't ride low.
My expert friend decoded the hull number that Scott stamped into the transom; my boat is 12 years old it turns out; I hadn't known.
First step is to remove the aluminum cap that Scott put across the top of my transom. Though my boat has seen WAY too little water in awhile, the transom wood is soaked.
Here are pictures of the inside and outside of my transom, along with my rather large handed helper:
Notice that towards the upper part of the transom's inside, Scott added a second piece of plywood, and glassed it in; this second piece will be removed next, allowing for a flat surface on the inside as well as the outside of the transom.
We'll move the canoe workplace to inside my heated garage soon.