Trouble with the deck

Posted by Matt on Apr 24, 2007

I just cut the deck today and was trying to test fit the bow and heard a loud pop when I was trying to get it to curve over the deck beam. I checked it out and part of the sheer clamp split where the deck clamp was attached. I added an extra screw and started again, using straps with ratches on them to start the curve over the bulkhead this time and heard another pop, this time the plywood broke. I know I should be using better plywood, but I had trouble finding some near Champaign, IL and I'm using 1/4 inch door skin. Has anyone been successful at using 1/4 inch?