Want to redo galley and head

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  1. Tom Udick
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    I recently bought a 1976 30 ft Sea Ray Sedan cabin boat. I am trying to see if I can safely pull out the old galley, as well as the head vanity (across on the starboard side), and redo these sites without impacting vessel integrity. I can leave the bulkhead between the forward cabin and the galley intact but would like to open the entry to about 2 ft width for easier passage. No other structural changes are planned, just replacing old wood with new wood.
     
  2. gonzo
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    Can you post a photo? That would help to understand the proposed change.
     
  3. fallguy
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    Also, as well as pictures, what is the bulkhead made of...

    If you are making it less material in the x plane; you may need to make it thicker around that opening.
     
  4. Tom Udick
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  5. Tom Udick
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    Tom Udick New Member

    Bulkhead looks like 3/4” plywood with paneling on top. The wall is quite solid. I will definitely maintain the thickness of the wall and I plan on closing in the “wine rack portal” between the fore compartment and galley. I have considered gluing a sheet of Formica on that wall also. I haven’t looked at it very hard yet but I’m open to making the header of the entry wider at the ceiling for additional strength also.

    Thanks for the feedback. Very much appreciated.
     
  6. fallguy
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    You mean there is a header?

    You would need to make the header extend to over the remaining wall.

    To me, it looks like this will be a non-issue. The boat's use? Is it in heavy seas much?

    If you take it into rough stuff; you might want to add 3/4" material around your new opening. It could be done with a hardwood as decor even. It doesn't look like you have a ton of room for a trimmer around the face, but you could apply the trimmer as the jamb and even use epoxy and cabosil to join the trimmer to the ply BH perpendicularly.

    It all depends on typical use. You jist want to avoid cracking the BH above the opening..
     

  7. Tom Udick
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    Thanks for the advice. I will strengthen the whole BH across the top and around the opening. I could actually strengthen the header on both sides (cabin and galley). The boat won’t see rough seas. I’m too old for that now.
     
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