Originally Posted by dim.
Do you remember model name? I'll try to search for assembling instructions. I suppose it would be difficult to assemble floorboards after fitting wooden keel in place ...
I want to say a "C5"? About a 16' big black monstrosity. Probably from the mid-80's. Maybe.
I am going from memory here, as the owner of the particular boat replaced the wooden floor with some huge slabs of diamond-plate aluminum (not cut the same as the originals.) But, the keel itself, I think, was in two pieces. The rear-most and front most floor panels attached to the two keel pieces (bolted in, I believe.) Insert the front into the bow, the rear either up against or under the transom (sorry; don't remember now), then lever the keel joint down into place, stretching the boat. I think a couple of metal plates bolted over the joint to make it rigid. Then the rest of the floor was inserted, and the last pieces levered in in the same manner as the keel. Side-rail stiffeners were inserted to lock the floor pieces together, and the boat was inflated.
Apparently, I lied. The keel was in 3 sections (no idea how it went together.) Some kind of no-tooling joinery. You can see the brochure for Bombard 2008 here:
You want to look at page 15.