I got the fwd deck on with the help of my son, Shane. It went on better that I had anticipated. At first I thought I could use one complete piece of ply. That didn't work because of the compound bend in the deck. The wood won't bend fwd when its bending on a curve... I cut it down the middle then matched up the grain of the wood from the two slices. I used nails on the shear and the deck. Looks good. Definitely has that scow look.