Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by cheher, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. cheher
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    cheher New Member

    Hey gang—

    Long time lurker here with a question about bulkhead removal.I've searched threads about replacing the bulkhead due to rot, but what about removing parts of the bulkhead for additional v-berth space? Specifically, it would be removing the bulkhead separating the small guest bunk room with the v berth. I know bulkheads exist to keep the vessel structurally sound, but if I'm just puttering up and down the coast, is it that big of a deal?

    I know there's a bunch of variables to this, but I'm looking at a 30-40' sportfisher from the 70's (Egg Harbor/Hatteras).

    Apologies if there's already a thread about this. Thanks.
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Unless you can re-engineer the hull, removing a bulkhead is a very bad idea. Many people spend a lot of time and money destroying the structural integrity of a boat doing that. Then, they either get rid of it or spend a lot of time and money to repair it.
  3. Willallison
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    Willallison Senior Member

    I would generally agree with Gonzo on this.
    It really depends on whether the bulkhead is structural or not ( they usually are). It may be technically possible to alter it such that the bulkhead becomes a ring frame, but without a lot more info it's impossible to say for sure
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  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    It's a bit silly to speculate about what you might want without a make, model and year on the yacht in question.

    Generally, as has been said, the bulkheads are there for structural considerations, though they can be moved, altered and repaired, so you're in luck. Again, any further detail or advise would likely be application specific, so what are you attempting to do and on what boat?

  5. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Make a glass|foam|glass bulkhead to replace it with in the form of a ring frame !
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