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post #4 of Old 03-27-2009
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Originally Posted by Islander30Bahama View Post
Thanks SD,

I will take some pictures this weekend and post them with the progress of this project so that It may helps others here in the forums.

The only soft/spongy areas of the bulkhead are along where it is tabbed to the hull. If I were to cut that part of the bulkhead off use it as a template to replace with 3/4 in marine plywood then do a sistering board on the forward side of the bulkhead so its in the head and not very visible.
The interior layers may be spongy much further along since water can wick a long distance along the plies of the plywood, and being trapped between the outer plies, it wouldn't be immediately visible and could be completely rotten.

When sistering the two together should I use epoxy and thru bolt it all together for added stiffness?
Yes, laminating the two pieces together with epoxy and through-bolting is the way to go.

This is a repair I want to do the right way the first time for in the future I plan to keep this boat a long time and do some coastal sailing with her.


Good to hear, glad to help.


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