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Neal and others have offered some very wise advice. It would pay to do more research into this proposal.
In my opinion, there is an inequity by stating installing a partition header in a house is analogous with altering a structural bulkhead in a sailboat. I'm only a humble building architect, but I at least know, that modifying a boat's bulkhead requires the knowledge of a marine architect. Marine engineering is a unique science, especially with sailboats, due to the increased lateral forces generated through heeling & from the rig above.
Simply installing a "beam" or "header" in a bulkhead may not suffice in carrying loads dispersed by either creating a new opening, or enlarging an existing opening. Is the bulkhead in compression as a result of deck-stepped spars? Is it used to resist the chainplate tension of stays or shrouds? Are other fittings, such as cleats or winches attached to the bulkhead? What function does the bulkhead serve in resisting shear, or resistance of vessel displacement loads from below? I would tread carefully if I were you.
Edit - I submitted this reply before seeing Jeff's post - he's the resident "marine architect" here and is respected by most.
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Last edited by TrueBlue; 10-13-2006 at 04:27 PM.