Before we begin, it's time to play "Guess the mystery object" (answer below)
While you're pondering that, I'll go on about decking
This weekend I got the decks rough cut to size. It felt really good to be making sawdust again, after all that time off painting the hull!
Fitting the deck is exactly the same process as fitting planks. After beveling the gunwale and cockpit stringers, I fit an oversized piece of plywood on the boat, clamped it in place, and traced the outline leaving a bit of excess all around.
The panel was then cut to the line on the bandsaw
And then test fit back onto the boat.
After confirming the fit, the port side panel was traced to make the starboard side panel. Both panels were then screwed in place. All the screw holes need to be properly countersunk and ready to go for when the panels are ready to glue in place.
The same procedure was then repeated for the aft half of the deck.
Oversized panels placed and traced
Finally, all four panels were removed and set aside for later. They will be installed after the anchor well, storage locker, and interior are painted.
And now, back to our game.
What is the mystery object?
It's what's left of a screw that went through the gunwale stringer and the stem a little too high, and then lost a battle with a belt sander.