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Step 14: Install the forward deck stringers

Cut the forward deck stringer to span from deck beam 6, the knee brace to deck beam 4. Position the deck stringers so they are about 4 to 6 inches in from the gunwales. Dowel them to the deck beams using 1/4 inch dowels
<p>Deck beam 6 can function both as the knee brace and support for the front of the cockpit coaming. If want a cockpit coaming that is too short to span the distance between the back brace and the knee brace then you add a masik to support the front of the coaming.</p>
<p>Thanks for these excellent instructions, I have almost finished my frame and getting ready to skin t soon however I am a little confused by the mastic, I have the curved deck frame 6 but the drawings and some photos show the mastic as a separate piece astern of 6 but I cant seem to find reference to this in the instructions ?</p>
&nbsp;I was wondering Do I remove the spacers that the keelson rested on once the Stem &amp; Stern boards are on?&nbsp;
<p>Did you ever get an answer for this question? I am wondering the same thing..</p><p>doug357@q.com</p>
<p>I removed them once all the ribs were in place and I was about to lash the keel to the ribs.</p>
What do you recommend for a seat? As drawn it looks like the paddler will be sitting on the ribs
There's a bunch of seats featured on my blog here.<br>http://skinboatjournal.blogspot.com/2012/07/kayak-seats.html<br>hope that helps. Thicker foam is more comfortable but raises your center of gravity. half inch to three quarter inch foam is what I prefer.
Yay, part 6!! :-)

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