Forums General Discussion Cabin sole removal / structural integrity

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    robshookphoto
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    I’ve spent some time working on larger boats recently, and many of them have the cabin sole cut into removable sections giving access to the entirety of the bilge.

    I should have taken a photo, but perhaps you can imagine the benefits of complete access to the floor beams, bilge corners, etc.

    My question is this – has anyone cut up their sole on a 424? Is the sole a stiffening element of the boat that shouldn’t be messed with or is it okay to section out?

    Pearson 424 cutter - "Effie"

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    cstewart
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    Good question, as I have thought the same thing, especially when I’ve needed to crawl in there. I’m looking forward to any comments you get. You might chat with Pete Doubler. I believe I recall he cut his out but filled it with a reinforced custom fiberglass fuel tank.

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