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Chris Gerkin
04-05-2003, 02:43 PM
This is the work so far on the deck for my Vacationer.


Tar Devil
04-05-2003, 03:10 PM
Very nice, Chris. I'd be interested to see some construction pics of your cabin top as well.

The more the better!!



04-05-2003, 03:11 PM
Beautiful smile.gif

Chris Gerkin
04-05-2003, 03:49 PM
No its my garage. I need all the help I can get.

04-05-2003, 03:54 PM
Nice job I like the bitt something along those lines might look good on Floozie. smile.gif ..Phil

Peter Malcolm Jardine
04-05-2003, 03:57 PM
Chris :D

Oh and nice boat

ken mcclure
04-05-2003, 05:13 PM
Wow! I am impressed! That's first-class work. smile.gif

Ken Hutchins
04-05-2003, 05:23 PM
Looks great, mo smile.gif re pictures please

Hugh Paterson
04-05-2003, 05:57 PM
Woof Woof nice stuff give us more ;)

04-05-2003, 06:00 PM
Be-u-timus!!! More pics please!

04-05-2003, 06:08 PM
Lookin' GOOD. Is that exterior grade ply or marine? In either case, reports of working with it? How thick is the teak?

Stories and more pictures please. :D


Chris Gerkin
04-05-2003, 08:32 PM
I used exterior grade but only 3/8 thick ply. The planks are cypress. The planks are 1/4 inch by 1 1/2. I used 1/2 inch screws (they don't penetrate the ply) that I will later remove and bung the holes. The planks are set in a lot of epoxy and I am thinking of a 2 part caulk. The deck will be oiled.

This has been a great project and the design seems very flexible.

Scott Rosen
04-05-2003, 09:03 PM
Looks great. Is it typical to lay the kingplank after the fore and aft planking?

04-05-2003, 10:08 PM
I love it. Dirk

Chris Gerkin
04-06-2003, 01:22 AM
The king plank is there it is just hard to see. The deck in the picture is just screwed down no epoxy. I will then go back and epoxy the planks down. The king plank will not be in place until the port side is scribed and cut.

This is an early picture of the king plank.


[ 04-06-2003, 01:27 AM: Message edited by: Chris Gerkin ]

Art Read
04-06-2003, 04:54 AM
Wow! Beautiful job. I had to think long and hard about laying my deck strait. I DO love the look of a proper "sprung" deck let into the king plank, but a few minutes "experimentation" trying to get my teak planks to follow the curve of the covering boards made up my mind for me... Did you have to "wrestle" with your cypress planks very much?

04-06-2003, 06:08 AM
An inspiration ! More pics please.

04-06-2003, 10:07 AM
WHOPOOEEEEEEEE! I'd reiterate what all the others have said above but I'm afraid that one more complement might cause your hat not to fit any more. Can't risk that.

Best wishes.

04-06-2003, 10:12 AM

Chris Gerkin
04-06-2003, 01:12 PM
Even at 1/4 inch thick there is almost enough torque in the planks for the screws to drive themselves. I soaked them for a few days, I only broke one plank. Just time consuming.

I will send more pictures when the deck is complete.



[ 04-06-2003, 06:12 PM: Message edited by: Chris Gerkin ]

Bob Perkins
04-07-2003, 09:07 AM
Very Nice!!

Bill Perkins
04-07-2003, 09:30 AM
Looks great Chriss . A question to All: With the plank over ply system is the joint between decking and king plank typically treated as a glued or caulked joint ?

Chris Gerkin
04-07-2003, 12:57 PM
I think I will go with epoxy because I don't want the possibility of water under these planks.

I am interested in the consensus of the group.

04-07-2003, 01:41 PM
Beautiful work Chris.
I have used epoxy with graphite powder mixed in to reconstruct teak hatches on a clients boat. I liked the result.
Figure at least 10% by volume. The excess epoxy/graphite mixture that gets squeezed out between the planks or added later, passes well to the eye as caulking. The graphite also serves as u v protectiom for the epoxy. Prepare to spend a bit of elbow grease sanding the deck down to get rid of the stains that will show up on the deck surface.
Good luck....

04-08-2003, 05:14 PM
That is some nice work. How many hours do you guess?

Chris Gerkin
04-09-2003, 06:32 PM
I think 2 weeks. 10 hours on the weekends and an hour or 2 a night. The actual epoxy and screw work is short. The time is in the fitting.

04-11-2003, 01:55 AM
Hello Chris,

You say you have soaked the planks for a few days.

What does that do to the moist content.?

I am wondering how you get the planks at an acceptable MC again, so you can use epoxy on them.

I will use the same method when making my deck, but that is some years from now. I will start making the 1st bulkhead with easter (if the temperature rises a little)

Thank you

Chris Gerkin
04-11-2003, 05:50 PM
My planks are 1/4 thick. Once you soak them for a day they are at 100% of what they can hold. I then screw them down wet and let them dry for 2 or 3 days. Once dry (8% or less) I apply epoxy and re-attach. They absorb moisture quickly and lose it just as quickly.

I have found that cypress, even though very soft, will bend around the curves I have.

04-15-2003, 10:02 PM
Wowie Zowie that's stunning. Awesome job.