In the Elica Yard we always use directional glassfibers.
We have a specially constructed table which allows us to let the glass fibers run from one side from the bulkhead to the other side. So no weaker connections or secondary boundings.
The linear fibers take the forces, before the resin, which is a lot weaker, does it.
Stronger and lighter bulkheads.
The bulkheads are connected as much as possible to the hulls with the epoxy and glass system. This connection is a must. The epoxy and glass- connection also ensures that the forces that come on the hull are divided.
Simply glueing bulkheads to the hull is much less work and goes much faster, yet we opt for the epoxy-glass connection: it is of a much higher quality and greatly improves the solidity of the boat.
The many bulkheads make the boat stiffer, stronger and faster. And the boat does not become heavier .
Some bulkheads are double bulkheads (6 in the Dondra 44). If you were strong enough and could lift the boat on one side, you would see that it doesn’t bend at all. He also doesn’t do that in a heavy storm.
Some of the bulkheads are watertight, so in case of a collision at the front or aft, the water does not come into the other parts of the boat.
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