The first step after the deck is layed up is the finishing work of what will be the deckhead of the boat. That’s because the deck is built upside down, much like a (very large) jelly mold. The deck is sanded, the interior area by the mast steps is filled in, and the head liner system is put into place for the vinyl ceiling.

Using a specially designed jig that allows the suspended deck to roll on its axis, the deck is lifted from the mold and rotated to the upright position. The hatch openings and windows are now trimmed out. This also gives us the opportunity for a close-up inspection of the fiberglass finish to make sure the surface is smooth and consistent through out the entire deck.

Fitting the deck onto the hull is another milestone in the 44 construction. This process involves lowering the deck down into place and trimming the structural bulkheads until the deck is in the correct position and its weight is properly distributed.

The toe-rail is then secured onto the deck and is part of the structural joint connecting the outside deck flange to the hull. This strong bond is further reinforced with the layers of multi-directional fiberglass that join the deck to the hull and primary bulkheads on the inside. The external flange hull/deck joint gives you the assurance of added strength at sea as well as hull-scrape protection against the dock. And the resulting 16-inches of unobstructed walkway on the side decks give you easy movement while on deck.