On the bright side, once you get fired there'll be more time to work on your boats.
Bulkheads, use anything. $8/sheet luaun doorskin is perfect for this particular app. Heck, on my OI No. 2, I propose to skip wood altogether, and make bulkheads out of two layers of 6-oz cloth, period.
Gunnels, as I understand them to occur on Gerald's boats, are a perfect place to use a little hardwood if you wanna go for aesthetics without paying a heavy weight penalty. And if you make it thin enough, you'll get the stiffening you need without any noticeable gain, I'm thinking. Rip a fat 1/8", or skinny 3/16", off an ash or red oak or some such board and make it look good! Pine or cedar should do as well if you can get clear runs to use.
Whoops, I really oughta shut my big fat mouth here, since it's Gerald's design and I'm sure he'd prefer you got all building instrux from him. But I like his designs, and I like your work, just gotta say it!
Can't help it, gotta add one last note: aligning panel parts, or 'plates', I suppose, as Gerald calls 'em, is as easy as eyeballing them from a grazing low angle from one end or the other. You have plenty of time to adjust until you're sure the panel is fair; then clamp and leave it be 'til tomorrow. Or at least, I never had a problem. But then, I'm big on trusting my eye, could be I just have an especially talented eye for this sorta thing, don't know. Just another "occupational" tidbit to toss out there, not trying to insist on anything.