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Re: Replacement bulkheads....NOT.......
The fact is that you don't require the strength of G-10 or FR-4. The rot
resistance is nice though but I also like the look of teak or other
wood. Several years ago I saw an SJ23 with bulkheads so rotted that they
crumbled in my hands. There was absolutely nothing holding them to the
bottom of the hull. The chain plates were still bolted to the top of
bulkhead but this left only the deck to hold the bulkhead down. So what
held the mast up? The deck screws and the toe rails. Thank God they
were in good shape.
Now I wouldn't recommend sailing like this but the original owner raced
her in this condition for many years and it does demonstrate the
strength of the deck and the hull to deck joint. Happy fixing.
(Always stay curious)
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