Access to the aft floatation area

Published date: August 30, 2011
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

Back in 2009, shortly after purchasing our 26M, I took the boat down for an 18 month period of modifications. This was one of the first modifications I started on the boat... but one of the last completed. I needed to gain access to the aft floatation area in order to install the hot and cold water lines and fuel lines which transition through this area and I wanted to mount my stern rail seats without cutting access holes in the outside of the boat.

This was the first "hole" I cut in the boat, and because of the odd shape I decided to use tape as my straight edge marking the cut lines. The opening must be made large enough to remove the foam flotation blocks housed in this area, which are up to 12x12x6 inches in size. Fiberglass is most easily cut using a small cutting disk on a Dermel tool. I suggest safety goggles and dust mask when working in such a tight area. Also keep the thickness of your cut shallow since there are probably electrical wires in this area that you won't want to damage.

Once the center piece of fiberglass is removed you will see the Styrofoam blocks packed into this area. They will most likely stay put, held in place by friction. They are easily removed as long as your opening is large enough. I placed all the pieces from the right cavity in a bag separate from the left so I could later restore all the foam that was originally there.

Having this area open was the only way to successfully complete some of the other modifications I have posted, or will be posting. At the completion of those modifications I was originally planning to place the fiberglass pieces back in, after making attachment brackets for them, however I used the material to fill in the area under my sliding galley (see my modification posting on the sliding galley) . Instead I fabricated covers out of 1/4" birch plywood which could simply be screwed in place. Whatever you do does not really mater since this area is simply not visible once the rest of the boat is put back together.

Chris.

Published by: u12fly


Model Year: 2006
Photo Caption: The largest area possible is marked using tape as a guide

The foam blocks are held in place with friction but are easily removed

A removable wood panel finishes the area and allows for easy access later

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