After consulting with a few local experts, getting a few quotes and chipping out chunks of rotted wood here and there I finally took some major steps toward repairing the port bulkheads, the biggest and most serious boat issue I’ve encountered (so far…).
Why are these sailboat bulkheads important? Bolted to the bulkheads are the chainplates. The chainplates are attached to the rigging, upper main shroud, fore and aft lowers, so three on the port side on this boat. When sailing on a port tack the load on the port rigging, chainplates, and bulkheads can be tremendous.
I am at a good point to make a post since I have now got both bulkheads out and pulled the chainplates on the port side. Vixen’s mast is temporarily stayed with ratcheting tie-down straps to concrete blocks and just for added security two halyards from the top of the mast are set to stanchions and jib tracks on the port rail.
I’ve prepped the aft face of the aft bulkhead and the tabbing areas behind and above where new tabbing will be used. So the large bulkhead that is also the bathroom wall will be bonded to the existing tabbing on the front where the old bulkhead was attached then new tabbing will be added on the back of the bulkhead.
The bulkhead where the forward lower attaches is forward. It’s been removed, but the surfaces haven’t been prepped yet.
Stay tuned for more info when the new bulkheads are fitted and installed.