I have finished the strip planked deck for my hybrid Chesapeake 16. What a lot of fun. I went staple-less, so it took many sessions and right around three weeks. Kept me busy and engaged for a couple hours at a time and didn't upset the woman too much..
I have removed the deck and set it upside on 13 little cradles to help it keep it's form. I'm using a small sanding block that is slightly rounded so that it fits nicely on the concave surface.
How smooth should I try to get the surface?
Seems to me that wetted out 4 oz. fiberglass will hide a lot of sins. It also seems like doing a whole bunch of sanding to get a really smooth surface that will never be seen does not make much sense.
My one concern is whether what I do on the underside will affect what the top side looks like. I do have some small gaps/cracks, especially where I had to sand a cove to fit an existing bead. I want to make sure that I do not have any unnecessary air trapped in the deck. I can imagine that trapped air could bubble up if left out in the sun or heat.
Once the underside has been glassed and the deck attached to the hull, is it best to use some kind of filler in the cracks? Thickened epoxy? Or should rollering on a couple of layers of unthickened epoxy suffice? Am I worrying needlessly?
Any comments/advice are welcome.
Paul in Phoenix