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Help... I'm stuck!

Ok, I admit it... I'm stuck. I'm not sure how to proceed at this point. Let me explain.

Yesterday I epoxied on a sub-deck of 1/16" plywood. It took two sheets, and you can see the seam in the middle. No worries there.

In the picture below you can see the deck being epoxied on. You can also see much of my classic wooden runabout book collection! We have a 1952 22' Chris Craft Continental in the driveway that we just adore. Anyway... back to the Sun Wind II radio control sailboat...


Here is how it looks today. It's been trimmed and cleaned up around the edges and hatch openings. It's not a great picture, and it actually looks much better than this...


So, what's my problem, you ask? I will be making a deck planking from some dark redish exotic hardwood (Jatoba I think) that I found at Edensaw Lumber in Port Townsend, WA, and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. It'll look great, but I can't figure out how to start the first outer planks. How do I clamp them? How to I ensure that they go out to the edges without looking wavy? What do I do??? Gaaaahhhhhh!

Oh, and what are the rails called that stick out proud of the sheer line at the outwale/gunwales? I'm thinking that I may start with them, as I can figure out how to clamp those.

I'll sleep on it...



Aloha!



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