Using the holes drilled beside the frames as guides the bottom
is cut off in sections leaving the frames intact .
Some sections of the bottom actually don't look too bad , but others
are in pretty bad shape . Unfortunately with a bottom that has been
glued together the only way to repair it is to cut it apart and replace everything .
With the main sections of the bottom removed , the remaining planking
is split off with a chisel to expose the stainless steel screws and
thousands of staples that fastened the planking to the frames . The
goal is to remove as much of the skin as possible while keeping the
frames as intact as possible . As the pictures show some of the frames
just crumbled .