meirriba, I like your shelves. May look at the same. Also, your idea for more boathooks is sound.
step is being altered (made taller) for my wife who is a bit shorter than me. I will photo
it when it comes back. We had it made because when sitting on the helm
seat, we found that there is nowhere to rest one's feet. I shall let you know if it's useful.
As for flexing, we have a few creaky floorboards but the hull
and topsides seemed pretty well bonded together. However, we don't often sail offshore
so our usage may be limited and the stresses on our boat may not reveal all the weaknesses.