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I would agree about the unused space in the stern. It would be interesting to find out what the people who gutted and remodeled the inside of their boats did with that space. My boat has a septic tank on the port side but there is still a lot of open area on the starboard side
Exactly my thought... However the bulkhead certainly helps to stiffen and reinforce the stern-end of the C250. The bulkhead does hide electrical, battery, steering cable components and other service stuff which a curtain could hide as well and.. will provide much easier access.
One could include a couple of uprights between deck and hull at equal spaces and curtain the rest.
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Frank, the bulkhead on the C250 is more of a cosmetic partition and isn't structural. Think of a monocoque bulkhead that can absorb tension or compression forces from the hull. Ours is bolted in with a handful of screws timidly in fiberglass providing little structural support to the hull. I took my "bulkhead" out last year when I changed out the steering system and wanted to inspect it while sailing or be able to make adjustments on the fly. Taking it out had no impact for me. But to Zeil's comment, any structure tied to the hull certainly helps to stiffen it. Look forward to seeing your modifications.
Regards, John Westlawn Institute graduate Yacht Design and Naval Architecture 04 Catalina 250 WK Standard rig w/wheel steering Yanmar 9hp diesel
John, Thank you for your post. I removed mine years ago for better access and haven't noticed any issues, but always wondered if it would be a problem. I might add some support in the future that would still allow easy access to all the wiring, etc.
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