Hmm... I wonder if you're talking about the anchor gear well on the foredeck of the Navigator?
Did you read the story about the Navigator taking est. 55kt winds in stride? [img]smile.gif[/img]
John has remarked that for many of his customers, Navigator is their first boat building experience, so it can't be all that hard. One does indeed put the panels on oversize and then trim to size. Also, I think that scarphing, such as it is, is all done on the hull and no having to wave 17'+ long panels around whilst trying to offer them up to the hull.
With John's method, you:
* Build the frames
* Lay out the bottom panel and spring it into the desired rocker.
* Erect the frames on the bottom panel
* Attach the stringers
* Panel the hull
* Flip it over, glass the bottom and maybe the first panel, attach rubbing strakes etc.
One nice aspect of building this way is that as soon as you have the first or 2nd panel on the bottom you can reach in and start doing some of the interior work from ground level rather then finishing up the hull and then have to climb in and out of it to do so.
From what I've read and heard from John, the waters of NZ are windy and boisterous on good days and downhill from there: he designs accordingly.
If you don't think for yourself, someone else will do it for you!