I seem to have completed all the repairs to the canoe. I’m pretty happy with the way everything turned out. My neighbor Ryan, who is something of an expert in these things, was quite complimentary about my fiberglass job to the keel, so I feel pretty good about that. We know it floats, with no leaks, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.
I grabbed a small aluminum plate from Home Depot, the sort of thing you might use to put lots of screws thru to hold your deck together, it was just 99 cents. Ryan cut it into strips, and we drilled out the old rivet, and popped in new ones, and voila! The seat is firmly in place. Maybe not perfectly level, but after a few hours of my bum sitting on it, it may shift some more!
I left the decks for now, that will be an enhancement, more than a repair. I used an eyebolt, with two oversize washers, a nut on top, and a locknut underneath, so at least I have something to tie a line to, or perhaps put a small rope handle on.
All in all, I’m glad I bought my used canoe. Now to get out and have some fun!