Finally finished piecing the deck together on my Chesapeake 17! I have a few questions about the next steps.
- I ran planks long through the cockpit area. The shearwater instructions has a cockpit apron which the CH17 doesn't. When should I cut the cockpit to shape? Before/after fiberglassing the underside of the deck?
- I'm 6'3" and always have to twist to get in. I am thinking of widening the fore portion of the cockpit combing so that the width is the same all the way around giving me a few more inches getting my knees/legs in and out. I figure I'm tall enough that I don't need that portion of the combing/deck for bracing. Has anyone done this? Any forseen drawbacks (other than short people not being able to use my boat)?
- Finally, the kit came with nails for securing the deck. The Shearwater instructions glue the hybrid deck down. I assume that I should glue. It should look nicer and I'd worry about the cedar slat splitting.
Thanks in advance for the advice!