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Old 07-05-2014, 06:42   #16
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Re: Converting Belize 43 from Charter to Owner-Like version

Originally Posted by Tom and Maje View Post
Tom and I have decided to get an FP. I'm open to a 4-cabin design that we can make changes to. He's much more focused on a 3-cabin version. I ended up talking with a guy who works for a charter company that has FPs and he told me that not only are none of the interior cabins/heads structural, but FP uses the same basic hull for both 3 and 4 cabin layouts. He said on the 3-cabin version you can see the rough floor for the 4-cabin version under the sofa.

True, the same 'basic hull' is used for both the 3 & 4 cabin versions. But there is no 'rough floor' in the 3-cabin version under the sofa. He may be referring to the under floor tabbed bulkheads, but I don't think they are there just to set a head on them.

When converting one to the other, don't mess with the major bulkheads, the ones separating the berth/floor space in the forward cabins. The bulkhead for the aft cabin on the starboard side of the 3-cabin version has been opened-up quite a bit to provide for the 'suite-like' feature. The door at the top of the starboard steps would be easy to replicate. Building the head in the forward starboard cabin will require a substantial amount of fiberglass/gelcoat/paint work, but certainly can be done (using flat sheets and making a floorpan mold).

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Old 07-05-2014, 06:59   #17
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Re: Converting Belize 43 from Charter to Owner-Like version

I don't think we'd go that far. I'm mostly interested in storage and workable space. But It's nice to know that I don't have to worry about having to rip out anything structural.


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Old 08-05-2014, 14:32   #18
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Re: Converting Belize 43 from Charter to Owner-Like version

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AWESOME, thanks so much for posting this.

Interesting that they are changing the orientation of the galley kitchen as well, am flicking through pages now and added to my bookmarks list.

Really wish there was a sunreef owners forum but I guess too few owners out there to justify it.
I was seeing this Cat tied up at SAlt Creek last couple years and wondered what was amiss-now I know.G

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