Greetings all. I would just like to ask a few small questions of the knowledgable pool of minds we have here, if anyone has the time.
Firstly, I've not been build-threading or anything so a small introduction to give you context.
I'm in Australia (so recommendations of primarily contintental US woods are largely unavailable or extremely costly). I'm building a Hartley TS16, a ply-on-chine 16ft trailer/day sailer/weekender. A smallish, bermudian sloop, you can see photographs here.
I'm building the little lady with a bit of character, and there's a few images below. I've flipped the hull, and am currently working on fitting longitudinal floor bearers and structures before the ply floors are fitted. I'm a bit further along than it seems and the cabin floors, which is everything up to frame 4 (mid-centrecase) is already epoxy sealed, framed and has floors fitted and fixed. I'm now getting ready for completing the cockpit.
My question today I'd like a little help on is: I'm going to be laying a faux strip deck (yes yes, I know, lipstick on a donkey and all that). I've got a decent amount of high-quality quartersawn/vertical grain sikta spruce which I'd like to use for it. I know sikta isn't very impact resistant, but the deck on this boat (which is mostly a small amount of fore-deck) will largely see little day-to-day traffic, being trailered. Would it be at all suitable?
Secondly, if not suitable for faux decking, could I use the spruce as floor bearers? There's little mention of suitable woods in the plans, calling for a suitable mid-density softwood (roughly 350-380kg per m3).
Thanks Ladies and Gents! If neither of these would be a good idea, what could I do with the spruce, given that I don't need to make spars?