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Oct-31-2016 @ 12:15 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all -

I'm the lucky owner of a Wilds Bahama 42 and I wondered if there's anyone out there who either worked on this class or has access to the structural designs? I'd like to move some bulkheads and wanted to be sure I knew which were load bearing.

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Andy

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Hi Andy and welcome to the forum. I doubt you'll find anyone with structural plans, they probably went along with the boat building operations.

There is some information on Wilds boats, including the Bahama on Dan Horner's website here.

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Thanks Steve - I assumed that might be the case but thought I'd give it a shot anyway Smile

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Andy

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Andy, I've just been looking at the layout plans of the Caribbean / Major and the Bahama on Dan Horner's site and I get the feeling it's the lateral bulkheads that support the roof.

There seems to be more variation or even absence of some of the longitudal bulkheads. Just my opinion of course.


















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Nov-01-2016 @ 11:34 AM                           Permalink
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I am not a structural engineer, but I wouldn't remove any bulkheads until new ones are in place.

Also there will be some flexing if you remove the bulkheads whilst out of the water resting on uneven chocks, if I was doing it, I would do it on the water when the boat was well and evenly supported.

Note. There is a correct way of fitting  bulkhead, so as not to produce hard spots on the hull.
I read a book on boat maintenence, it suggested leaving a gap between the bulkhead and the hull or superstructure put in some foam, and glass across the corner like a triangle. This will spread the load if side impacted, eg even when coming into moor.
The best option, is to check what you have now, dig out a few areas around your bulkhead and see what they did in the original manufacture.
You also need to look at what is the bulkhead supporting above, sometimes if the bulkhead is in an unsuitable place, they fit a supporting pole for the roof. Others may think it has another purpose lol....
Another option, have a look at similar boats with different layouts, I am fairly certain that the hulls were all constructed the same, and the bulkheads added in what ever place where needed for the design of the day lol.

The comments above are from what I have read, there is some of my logic too, I have never replaced a bulkhead, but this is where I woukd start.
hope it helps.



best regards, Richard.

In my opinion, being on a boat is one of the most relaxing place to be.

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Thanks Richard - good insights. Which book were you quoting from?

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Thanks Steve - yes the last owner of the boat suggested that the longitudinal bulkheads could be moved without too much bother. But he was less clear about how much the lateral bulkheads could be reduced/moved.

I've seen some pretty inelegant solutions to the problem and was hoping that some original thought might come from the original design docs.

Thanks again - much appreciated.

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Andy

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FB Wilds were based at Horning, it was taken over by the Richardson group, I have often used the Bahama boats, just brilliant !  Get intouch with Richardsons at Stalham they will give you all the info you need, Chris Clark is the manager

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Thanks jackRuss - much appreciated!

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Andy


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