I hope someone can help me..I am getting very fustrated trying to put the first strip of wood on the deck of my wood duck hybrid. I am using 9/16 staples and on the bow I glued some wood pieces inside and I actually used a small nail on this first form. when I try to bend the wood to fit the curve of the boat, the first nail and staple pop out. I then tried soaking the wood strip. This worked for a few minutes, and I was able to staple it to all of the forms, but on the last one, the wood twisted and all the staples popped out again. am I doing this wrong? or is there a better way to lay out this first strip.
I am also wondering if the deck and the sides have to meet completely at this point. When i did have the first strip tacked down, there was a small gap around the edge where the side of the boat would meet the deck.