F32 V-berth door removal

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Mordaunt
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F32 V-berth door removal

Post by Mordaunt » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:10 pm

Has anyone removed the door to the v-berth and small partial wall on the right next to the dinette on their F32 to create more light and space in there? Just wondering if there’s anything structural I should be wary of.

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Re: F32 V-berth door removal

Post by captainmaniac » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:34 pm

There were different layouts available when they built them. My F32 does not have the door or full bulkhead - just the hanging locker with an open shelf on top. So in mine, there is nothing structural there (head side may be structural though). Don't know if they decided to make the starboard side structural in your layout though. Try Bob at Beacon Marine - he would know.

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Re: F32 V-berth door removal

Post by kallen » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:35 pm

On my 1981 F-32 the V-berth door was hinged on the right side. Swings inward. Totally open up the original opening. Made a big difference when the front hatch is open.

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Re: F32 V-berth door removal

Post by Mordaunt » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:00 pm

kallen wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:35 pm
On my 1981 F-32 the V-berth door was hinged on the right side. Swings inward. Totally open up the original opening. Made a big difference when the front hatch is open.
Kallen. That sounds very interesting. Do you happen to have any photos?

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Re: F32 V-berth door removal

Post by Reel Easy » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:29 pm

My F-32 Express has the head directly in front of the lower helm. The V birth has a wall with closet to port and a hanging locker that goes just above the dinette. Other than that it is open.
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Re: F32 V-berth door removal

Post by mikeandanne » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:31 pm

On our 78, the door was hinged on the port side and opened out with clasp on the head wall. Now the other side had an enclosed cabinet. So the point of this is the door frame, when they replaced the stringers, they missed the height of the door frame, as it was altered a bit too short, maybe 1/4 " and this resulted in the front deck moving a bit between the hatches.

Have a close look at that before you remove that section, may be ok but I really don't know if the other models had more support built in with the lack of the frame work. Beacon may know how these went together.
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Re: F32 V-berth door removal

Post by ken64k » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:10 am

On my 75 F32 I removed the door to the v-berth and small partial wall on the right next to it. It was very easy to remove and it does let in more light and it gives the appearance of more room. I put in an accordion door from HomeDepot if we need privacy.
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