I have just started building my first kayak, a 17LT from plans. While I wait for all of my materials to arrive, I've been preparing the wood pieces and I have a question about the deck beam.
The plans say to glue 6 strips of 4mm playwood together which will make a deck beam that is approximately 1 inch thick. The manual on the other hand, says to glue 5 strips of 4mm plywood together which would make a slightly thinner deck beam. I'm tending toward just the 5 strips rather than the 6 as long as the outside radius is 16". To me that would seem strong enough.
Do you think I should use 5 or 6 strips?