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Old 06-25-2008
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I'd glass over the hole if you can... starboard is nice as a cosmetic material but a lousy structural material, and a large hole like that probably does weaken the bulkhead a bit. Then, when you've closed off most of the hole, do what Cam suggests, which makes mounting the compass really easy, but also makes maintaining it simple too. The starboard mounting plate will also make getting the compass square to your hull, so that the compass reads properly, easier.

When I installed the opening port in my bulkhead, I laminated in some 3/8" plywood and also epoxied the interior fiberglass liner to the area the port is in. That was done to restore most of the strength that cutting a 5" x 13" hole in my bulkhead took away.
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