Joe, Glad it is coming apart easily for you. Very interesting observation on how lax the building method was. Do you think they may have used a mortising machine? Rushton really pushed his all wood boats so it stands to reason that they would possibly cut corners and not fit every piece to produce the "rag boats" in a hurry. The full length rabbet does sound like the most stress free method of recreating the rails. I haven't gotten a chance to work on ours much. What I thought were cut outs in the tops of the inner rails just seem to be very evenly spaced areas were the rail has split out. Not sure I'll need to cut the top plank to remove fastenings. So far there is so little of the rails left I may be able to just push what is there in the line of fastenings back out, then again, who knows. I'll be looking forward to hearing more as you make progress and post pictures if you can please. I guess I need to get going on ours so we can compare notes.