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what about a floor?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:33 pm
by andre lafrance
I want to eventually put a floor in my '57 sea coaster deluxe. I'm thinking about this now because it's getting close to installing the inner keel. however, atop the inner keel sits a brace running from the transom to just in front of the rear seat. the sister keels (?) keelson (?) run to just shy of the forward dashboard. I'm thinking I have to make a brace atop the inner keel equal in length to the sister keels. how were these floors installed? thanks and a happy new year to all...

Re: what about a floor?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:25 am
by LancerBoy
Keelson is inside the boat made up of three pieces of wood glued and screwed together
Stringers run parallel to the keelson outboard of it on either side - something like 16 inches form the boat centerline. Thompson Bros. Boat Mfg. Co. actually called these stringers "sister keelson" which I think is a little goofy
Keel is on the outside of the boat. It is a single piece of white oak

You will need some blocking/supports for the floor boards. The flooring in the 1950s Thompson boats was tempered hardboard (a "Masonite" type product that was painted).

I bet I have some pics of my various Sea Lancer restorations on my facebook page which may show the floor framing.


Re: what about a floor?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:56 pm
by andre lafrance
once again, thanks...