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August 7, 2003 : Installing the Floor Timbers - Today we decided to install the floor timbers. 

First we re-leveled the aft end of the boat.  We do this periodically to ensure that we don't build a twist into the hull. Next we leveled the forward section of the boat right behind the dash bulkhead.
We placed my long aluminum angle iron on the rear floor timber and, using a level, we made a mark on the port side of the dash bulkhead.  This mark will be used as a reference point for attaching the deck support.  We repeated this procedure on the starboard side. After making the mark I checked the distance from the mark to the top of the side plank.  The port and starboard sides matched exactly!!!
Next I installed a deck support that runs between the two marks.  I used a piece of 3/4 inch cedar stripping.

The final step was to insert the floor timbers, which had been pre-measured and cut.  We were able to level the tops with very little adjusting.  Once the timbers were placed and plumb, we temporarily attached them to the hull by driving deck screws through the outside of the side planks into the timbers.

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