The decks on an HW are 16 inches long, which is long, and they are narrow. Ours has some rot at the ends on the decks as well as on the gunwales. Because we want to preserve a lot of the original boat, we are splicing both the decks and the ends of the inner gunwales. The HW decks also have curve to them, so you will see a larger piece of birch attached, which was then carved down to fit. The birch we used came from the Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT, where they cut and mill it themselves.