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yes, but those boats were designed to be made that way... with flooring, stringers and other hull strengthening devices as part of the overall design, which is not the case here. Many modern boats are designed with a hull liner and the bulheads as the primary hull stiffening components to reduce production costs. The 1/2' bulkhead here works both in tension, compression and torsion more likely than not. Enlarging the opening may seriously degrade the amount of spport it can provide in those different functions.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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