Decking the Matinicus has proved to be one of the easiest and most straight forward jobs on the boat yet. I bought two sheets of 6mm ply as I was not sure how I would cut them out. But in the end, I decided to make the deck in 4 large pieces, with seams down the centerline at the ends and an additional two short fillers amidship, which I attached with typical butt blocks fitted between the sheer clamp and carlin. Consequently, all of the decking could be gotten out of one sheet.
I used cardboard for my templates. I get a couple of 4x8 sheets every time I have a plywood delivery, and its useful in many ways in the shop. And recyclable.
|The cardboard template.|
|Thin ply is hot-glued to the template to define the stem cut-outs.|
|The patterns are laid out on the 1/4" deck plywood.|
|The rough cut decks are fitted together.|
|Two coats of sanded epoxy are applied to the deck's undersides.|
|Butt-blocks are used to join the pieces of deck together amidship.|
|Deck seams were hollow ground to make room for glass tape.|
|The seams are taped.|
|System Three Quick-Fair filler is applied and sanded fair.|