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Old 21-06-2009, 23:37   #1
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Making a 3-Cabin Boat a 2-cabin Boat

I am considering acquiring a 1996 Beneteau 351 that started its life as a Moorings charter. Since the boat was ordered by Moorings, the aft cabin was split into two cabins. The vast majority of these boats (the ones not ordered by Moorings) probably did not have the aft cabin split. Therefore, I am wondering if the fore/aft bulkhead dividing the aft berth could be easily cut out, making the aft berth a single berth?
I have only looked at the boat once so far, but I am guessing that this bulkhead is not structurally significant & would be easy to remove/cut out. Has anyone tried this modification on this or a similar boat? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 22-06-2009, 02:23   #2
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I would be consulting the factory about that bulkhead. It would be a bit late in the midle of the atlantic in a major gale to discover that it was more important than you thought

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I have no idea how those boats are put together, but as Talbot says, the factory would.
Having said that, I'm thinking there would be some liability on their side if they were to say "no problem"...even if its no problem!
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I do not know how they built them in 1996 but if it's anything like the later boats the dividing fore and aft bulkhead is not structural. Most 2 cabin models have a groove in the deckhead of the aft cabin where the dividing bulkhead goes to make it a 3 cabin.
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