Replacing forward bulkhead in a 32

  • January 18, 2024 7:51 AM
    Message # 13302742

    Good morning, I just bought a 1979 Westsail 32.  The v berth bulkhead is completely rotten and fell apart.  How do you glass in the front of the plywood, the side facing the bow.  There is no deck access to get to that side of the bulkhead.  How do  I handle that?  Thought about climbing under the bulkhead to glass it in.  Thank you in advance for your ideas.

  • January 18, 2024 7:11 PM
    Reply # 13303068 on 13302742
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Tracy:

    In 2017, I had to replace the bulkhead which is also part of the chain locker area on my W32. 

    Please review these pictures of the project in my google album. 

    What I found is that the water/rotting was cause by the samson posts leaking through the deck -- which also rotting out the decks plywood core :(. I replaced the wood samson posts with Buds stainless steel bolt on samson posts. 

    I used marine grade plywood (takes about 1/2 of a 4x4 sheet) and had enough of the original bulkhead to use as a pattern. 

    I'll keep an eye on this topic if you have questions after reviewing the album. 

    Where is your boat located?  if in the SF bay area - I can drop by. 

    Also this is alot of work!! 

    Fair Winds

    Jay Bietz 

    WOA web master

    Last modified: January 18, 2024 7:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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