Front deck panel piece

Posted by Mischa on Jul 6, 2004

I am building A Chesapeake 16 and am about to mount the deck. Iím contemplating weather or not to actually scarf on the front piece to the front hull panel to allow the butt joint between the back and front panels of the hull to be at the widest point of the kayak. If I slide the front deck panel a few inches forward I donít need the front piece Iíd have to scarf on and the butt joint is less than one inch wider. It seems fine to me to do this but the book says otherwise; any reason I shouldnít?