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Measuring and Cutting the Second Piece of the Keel:  I went to Home Depot and bought a 2X8X8 for my next section of keel.  When I got it home I decided to cut it in sections to make it easier to fit and handle.  My first step was to measure from where the glued piece of keel ended to where the curve in the hull started to flatten out.  This measurement came out to 55 inches, which is where I made my cut.

I use a carpenters square to measure the angle between the hull and the first part of the keel. Next I transfer the angle to the board from which the second part of the keel will be cut.
Cutting the angle out of the keel section.  I use a couple of scrap pieces of wood to clamp the new keel piece flush with the glued keel piece.
Here I open my compass to exactly the size of the gap at the end of the new keel piece. Using this measurement I keep the bottom part of the compass on the hull and make a mark all the way to where the keel is clamped.

Cutting out the keel.

The first test fitting.

I was fortunate and got it right the first time.  My next step will be to make the final cuts on the last piece of the keel and glue the whole thing together.

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