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post #21 of 23 Old 10-18-2006
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Once upon a timed, all boats were custom made and individuality was the norm. What's wrong with that?
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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 mean, the infamous space frame liner and the bendy toy moniker?

With a sheet of 1/2" plywood, there's a limited load on it. Heck, one person walking on flooring that was put over a single 1/2" plywood underlayment makes it creak royally, the stuff just isn't boilerplate.

I'd still think it would be easy to open up the passage and frame around the opening to carry any stresses/loads around it. (Particularly with a glue-laminate ring instead of a cut door frame.)
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