Thanks for the comments and advice everyone. Will pin/fasten everything.
I noticed on my steps that the back surface is not 90 degrees to the step's top surface. All the reference photos I could find show them sitting pretty much parallel with the water. Mine sit at an angle when placed against the hull. So as I rethink the steps, I'm working on the catheads and channels. Also getting the nerve up to add all the pegs on the deck.
Thank you for your service Ray!