Today and yesterday I stripped the bow and stern deck and stapled a temporary deck sheer strip in place. The Shooting Star design requires that these decks be separate from the main deck to preserve the traditional profile. I stripped the stern once yesterday and then today stripped it again because the first attempt left a big gap between the hull and the deck. For the second attempt I used narrower strips bent with a heat gun, held in place with hot glue, bungees and duct tape. Nothing about construction of the tail part of this kayak is easy.