The first side panel ready to go on the forward cross beam ("kiato" in Tahitian). I'll be interested to see how much spring-back I get tomorrow when I release it from the blocking. I planed several feet of each end into a taper so it will be tapered in both dimensions. Saves weight and looks more elegant.
Two coats of undercoat inside the hull after much sanding and filling. When I built the canoes in Fiji I used almost no sandpaper and didn't have a sander. I just smoothed everything with a block plane and I must have saved dozens of hours of labor.