-- Last Updated: Mar-24-13 12:22 PM EST --
POINT 5 below is incorrect. I apologize, especially to guideboatguy. I had guideboatguy confused with another poster. I leave the post intact, so everyone can follow along. guideboatguy is actually gives pretty solid advice on canoes and canoeing.
Matt might have been rude (but, I don't think he was), but he was correct. I am an actual honest to god real life structural engineer with 20 years experience in light weight structures. Whenever I see the word "engineering" come up in a paddling.net post, I usually see some "bad engineering".
As an engineer, here's what I would do.
1. Reassess whether your idea is worth it considering what the boat is. It doesn't sound like it is worth it.
2. Call Wenonah and ask them.
3. If that didn't work, I would call Wenonah and ask them again.
4. g2d generally gives pretty solid advice. I've even used some of his suggestions before and found them accurate. I don't know his background, but he clearly has a lot of hands on experience messing with boats.
5. guideboatguy advice is to be taken with a big grain of salt. I mean no disrespect and I am not being rude, but when he starts doing engineering calculations...well, it's not good, from an engineers point of view. Now, he's going to get pissed off at me for saying that, and I can live with it.... We've gone through it before.