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CAUTION: If you find your desired bulkhead position requires the use of any of the holes covered by the SAFETY WARNING STICKER, it is NECESSARY to utilize the foam shims (provided with your boat) to move the bulkhead back toward the bow of the boat. See step 2 for details.
Your outfitting kit includes: 2 x 3” & 4 x ¾” foam spacers.
NOTE: As tempting as it might be, do not peel and stick the foam spacers yet!
Now it’s time to ask yourself an important question. “How much foam do I want to add to my bulkhead?” Not life changing but nevertheless, important. Once you’ve selected the number of foam pads. Bulkhead adjustment is as follows.
Use your current hole as the start reference and move the bulkhead forward (toward the bow)…
One piece of foam = one hole. Two pieces = two holes. The three inch piece of foam = 3 holes. The rest is addition and subtraction.
First, slide the side rails out (toward the side of the boat) as far as possible. Second, slide the plates up and out filling in the gaps above and to the side of the bulkhead.
The image above shows the bulkhead in the compressed position; plates slid in and down and side rails slid all the way inboard.
This images shows the bulkhead in the expanded position; plates slid out and up and side rails slid all the way outboard.
PRO TIP: To make a more shock absorbent bulkhead use a 1” hole saw to bore out the 3” pieces of foam making it look like Swiss cheese. Place one of the 3/4” pieces of foam over the hole side to prevent dirt collecting in these holes. This “Crush Bulk-head” can potentially reduce the amount of abuse your legs and ankles will receive in the event of a piton.