One of the things we have to remember is that you are not using the boat the same way. Centennial was built, got wet and stayed wet through out her use period. That ship lapped deck probably worked just fine. But you are going to be in and out of the water, on trailers etc. Much more radical shrink swell cycles.
Originally Posted by Daniel Noyes
That deck will stiffen the sides up a lot. I have found that on my sawn frame Swampscott, when the seats were close fit I had to trim some from the seats so they wouldn't press on the sides as the boat tries to straighten out.
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