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I am curious to see if any one has any experience in moving the head location in an older production type boat such as a Catalina 32 – 38 or hunter of the same size range. I would like to move it to an aft position so I could go to u-shaped salon seating and a larger v-birth. Basically giving me the interior layout of most of the modern production boats. I am a fairly capable carpenter and would like to build my own interior to make the living space aboard a smaller boat a little more useable. I know that there will be many obstacles to overcome in this project such as tankage and pluming but I think I could find suitable solutions to those problems my main concern is loss of support by removing the two bulk heads that make up the head area. My thought was to build an aluminum support system out of heavy c channel that would effectively replace the bulkhead but leave the boat open. I know that a lot of you will think of this as vary large project with little to gain out of it but I am 6’4” tall and my girl is 5’11” and we all know a good night’s sleep is priceless.
Any Ideas on design or possible issues that I am not considering would be greatly appreciated

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Sounds like a lot of work.
I would first look into weather or not the bulk heads that your reffering to are actually structural support. I doubt that they are on a production boat in that size range. Don't know for sure, but look into it. Also, what is the make and model your looking at reworking. More info might get you better responses.
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You probably want to talk to a marine architect before makes changes of this magnitude in a boat. While you may have the skills to execute the modification, you probably don't have the knowledge to know whether making such changes to the boat are safe to do or not.
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I do not currently own a boat that I plan to do this modification to it is just a thought to try and keep the price down and try and have the layout that I am looking for.

SD I totally agree on the talking to a pro about the modification I was just looking for maybe a few more questions to ask them before shelling out the cash and finding out that they may have overlooked the extremely obvious. I have found that to getting the rite answers is often more a product of asking the right questions than any thing.
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I don't know about older, but many boats do have the head aft next to the companion way. I would search for the boat that fits your needs rather than modify one. At 6'4" you should be able to find a boat with a berth you can fit in.
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I'm with JK.

Probably not a good move financially and if you are not insane before you start you probably will be by the time you finish.

Find a boat that fits.
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