Originally Posted by Ruthlessrider
OK, I don't claim to be all that knowledgable on marine terminology, so just to make sure I know what everyone is talking about, can someone define bulkhead, please? To me a bulkhead is a walled barrier between compartments, such as the barrier between the head and the V-berth. The chain plate seems to be not anchored to the bulkhead, but to one of the boats ribs (my term). So the boat would have a wooden rib helping to form the plane of the hull, sandwiched by the chain plate, covered by epoxyed fiberglass. Wrong?
Your definition of bulkhead is fine.
I can't make out what the rib is that you are talking about but it don't matter much. One way or another you have to chop out rotten stuff and replace it. Working with epoxy is well documented in the west systems site.
If you put it back together with solid wood and epoxy and do the 8 to 1 bevel it you want to do any patches it should be as strong as new.
I wouldn't do anything like this myself without at least having one book.
This is good one.