Recently I’ve put a lot of work into the turtle deck. The person who had the project last put on a turtle deck that was too heavy, and too far forward. It was made out of 3/4″ square pieces,  and built forward of the rear cabane, so there was no access to the u-channel on the top. I ended up pulling off the whole turtle deck and rebuilding it.

I made 1/8″ plywood formers and decided to go with a more boxy design. The stringers are laminated 1/8″ x 3/4″ strips built up to 1/4″ x 3/4″.  It was simple, and allowed for an easy storage compartment. Up to this point I’ve built the rear portion with a storage compartment right behind the pilot. It hinges, and allows storage for small items like a sack lunch, maps, emergency items, and “maybe” a small gas can. It would have to be real small and well sealed. I likely will never use it that way though. I made it small because I know there is no reason for large things to go behind the pilot.

I’ll post some pictures when i remember to do so.

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