The strip'n'glass boat that I cracked up back in May is "over the hump" toward getting back on the water. Glass has been removed & replaced inside & out, sanding & varnishing are done. I decided it was time to replaced the thwarts, gunnels, & seat, as they're showing that black moldy look in a few too many places. I couldn't find gunnel stock long enough locally, so I'm looking at scarfing 2 pieces together for each of the 4 rail parts. That's not a big deal -- been there, done that. But I'm planning to scupper the inwales, and am thinking that cutting the scuppers through the scarf joints is not a good idea. I could be wrong on this -- does it matter? Other option would be to make the inwales from three pieces, with two scarf joints, and only scupper the midsection. That might look funny, but would serve the intended drainage purpose. It would also put the scarf joints in a more curved area of the sheer line, which presumably adds strain to the scarf. I don't know if that matters, either. Could cut the scarf on the more horizontal plane, rather than the vertical, but these would still have scuppers cut through them, presumably weakening the joints. Any ideas/comments/suggestions are welcome!