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Re: Bulkhead Replacement-Advice Needed
Looks like a bit of a challenge, the port bulkhead is the widest/largest?.. and there seems to be a fair bit of finished fiberglass involved in the bulkhead location (the molding along the cabintop, and some finished glass in way of the chainplates themselves, though a couple of different P26s have slightly different arrangements.
In any case the 'damage' is most likely to be caused by water ingress through the chainplate seal, resulting in some wet mush where solid wood is meant to be. First thing would be to determine the extent of the water damage. Getting the entire bulkhead out and replacing it would be best, but possibly complicated by what appears to be a fairly extensive use of moldings. If the damage is localized it could be that the most practical repair would be to replace the damaged section - it would involve less destruction along the way.
Disclaimer, though, I've not actually been/seen one of these boats in person. I did a similar job on a 24' Shark ages ago, but it was a simpler bulkhead with no chainplates...
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