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adding cabinets in a v-berth

I am looking at my v-berth and have considered adding a sail locker to one half of the forward area. I have also considered adding a cabinet that would be mounted above the berth and attached to the underside of the deck and to the side of the hull. My question relates to creating a hard spot to the deck when adding wooden panels (the sides of the cabinets) that could damage the deck when pounded through waves?

The panels for the cabinets would be attached to the underside of the deck and to the side of the hull. They would be tabbed and there would be polyurethane foam between the panel and inside of the deck or hull. For the sail locker there would be the front panel and side panel which would extend from the underside of the deck and connect to the current v-berth sleeping surface. The structure would be rigid just like any other cabinetry or bulkhead in a boat.

I fear I might be creating something that will be too rigid in a part of the boat that should be left open. Most v-berths I have seen are wide open leaving the deck unsupported and I would expect allowing it to flex to a certain degree. The foam spacers on my panesl/bulkheads would absorb some shock but is there "rule" of design that sais one should not add bulkheads to the underside of a deck?

This is on a Pacific Seacraft 25.

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Your plans sound feasible enough, as long as the impact on the sleeping area is something you can live with....

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