I have had an Alberg 30 and a Crealock(Pacific Seacraft) and both were Tiller boats. No matter how well or poorly I kept up with the varnish work on these boats if the Tiller was finished well the boat looked great.
So, I am thinking the same thing about my cockpit combing on on my Chesapeak 17LT.
Putting this together on the boat and than trying to sand and finish it seems to me to be challenging. I am thinking of putting plastic sheeting under the first spacer, tacking it down, than epoxying the second spacer on, and finally epoxying the combing ring on. After this sets up, I think I can remove the combing, and more easily shape it and finish it. I can than epoxy it on. Has anyone thought of this prior to my post and if so how did this plan work?