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Catalina 27 bulkhead replacement
I am replacing the starboard bulkhead that the chainplate mounts to, and have a couple of questions. This is a 1975 C27.
1) When I removed the old bulkhead I noted that there was no padding as such to prevent hard spots. There was a leather like liner stapled to the edge of the bulkhead which was attached to a brown leather like trim piece that could be seen on only one side of the cabin. This appeared like a cosmetic thing. So, I have read that bulkheads should have some kind of rubber padding to prevent hard spots. Given that my boat has not had this for the past 34 years, do I need to add this now? If so, what kind of rubber would be suitable and how thick should it be, since I will have to shave down the bulkhead edges by a corresponding amount?
2) I want to replace the screws on the chainplate covers with bolts that go through the deck and into nuts on the inside of the cabin. The current screws are like wood screws which just screw in to the deck. To access the new bolts to tighten nuts on the inside, I would need to cut a notch in the bulkhead directly under the chainplate covers. Is this acceptable to do even though this cutout area should see a lot of load from the chainplates?
Soggy 1975 Catalina 27 #2056