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Rob and Janet Sutton


Just to give a sense of how much space there is down there. The original construction called for the I-beam to be supported by four joists tabbed to the hull. Those joists are doubled 3/4 inch plywood (1 1/2 total). Ours were rotting and it was QUITE a chore getting the tabbing out (the rotted wood came out easy <g>). The space under that I-Beam is pretty much unusable (you might be able to fit a bilge pump way down there, but that is it).

Anyway, it was replaced by three joists evenly spaced between the tanks and the fwd head. This opened up two large areas between the tanks and the post. Again large enough for tanks (our current thought is to put grey water sump and watermaker equipment down there.)

You did not mention your rig, I presume it is a cutter. In which case, the post steps just at the forward top of the ballast (I am looking at the westsail drawings). In our case, a ketch, it misses it by 5 or 6 inches. The new "pad" runs 18 inches along the spine just as the keel tapers forward towards the bow, there is no ballast underneath. There are (will be) several layers of glass over the pad feathered laterally up the sides of the hull.


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