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    Makes Up For It With Enthusiasm Geoff W.'s Avatar
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    E32-3 - Bulkhead seam?

    Hi all,

    After a high-wind race this weekend I took survey of what I may or may not have broken, and I can't help but feel like I didn't notice this slight discoloration / seam in the primary bulkhead before. This is on the port side, near the interior hull planks/headliner in the saloon. On the other side is the head.

    Is this just a construction artifact or is it possible some hull flexing / crashing through waves is working something apart?

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    s/v "Delightful"
    1987 E32-3
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    Seems to me that if it was due to flexing there would be an obvious crack top to bottom. I wouldn’t worry about it, but would keep an eye on it to see if it changes at all.
    Phil Nelson
    1985 E32-3, M-25

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    The surface veneer has seams where the surface wood sheets are butted, and with moisture (humidity) and drying, a crack will sometimes be visible. I have seen this in other types of cabinets.
    what does the opposite side of the panel look like?
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