Boatboy - Yes, the floorboards do have slots cut in the sides. In the rear they appear to be on 16" centers approximately, in the center section about 10"-12" centers. Unfortunately the floorboards for the forward section were not in the boat.
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Not sure about how the stringers are configured in the rear. In the rear passenger's compartment, and behind that in the engine area, what I believe to be the original floorboards are still in place.... Maybe not original, but very old plywood painted grey. The floorboards just lay in the floor, they are not fastened to anything.
All I've done is lift the floorboards enough to get a look under them to make sure there was no standing water or debris residing there. I'll remove the floorboards tomorrow and get some pictures in the light of day.
Very nice looking boat, looks to be in excellent condition, I would like to see more photos of the front floor, it has a type of structure I have not seen before where the stringers are tied together like they are. Is the rear floor done that way anywhere?
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash, 10-1/2 less than VinTin
Thanks for the replies, guys. Well, I don't know a whole lot about the boat......
The guy I bought it from lived north of Chattanooga. He bought it in Knoxville about 10 years ago (2006?) from the original owner's son. He estimated that at that time the son was about 80 years of age. The boat still has what I believe to be the original registration numbers painted on the bow. I don't hold out much hope that the state of Tennessee will tell who it was registered to based on those numbers.
Obviously the engine is not original to the boat, as it's a 61', but I think everything else is including the speedometer, controls and ignition switch. But, there are people here that know infinitely more about that kind of thing than I do. Supposedly the engine runs, but has a fuel problem attributed to a bad float, it came with a new float, and little else. The trailer seems to be original except for new hubs, tires and wheels, and winch. Fortunately, the boat is essentially unmolested as near as I can tell.
That's about all I know...... Just wish I knew the original owner's name and whether he had any affiliation at all with the Flying Boatmen.