In the second of his excellent articles on impact resistance, Matt, AAC technical correspondent, made a powerful case for watertight bulkheads.
On the other hand, while I like the idea of watertight bulkheads in theory, I think that emphasising them too much will have some undesirable outcomes that may outweigh their benefits.
But before we get into my reasoning I’m going to put my AAC editor’s hat on and talk about policy.
One of the reasons we asked Matt, who has never sailed offshore, to write for this site that focuses on doing just that, is because he has an amazing (and amazingly rare) clarity of thought and expression that is one hundred percent based on mathematical and engineering rigour.
This provides a completely different view than my own, based as it is on 45 years of going offshore. A level of experience that means that I can easily fall into the trap of stating opinions that are more based on the way I have always done things than fact.
Or to put it another way, Matt brings the check and balance of a fresh view and great training to bear on the opinions of a stodgy old salt-stained curmudgeon.
So where’s all this going you ask?
Well, when we used to write for sailing magazines, one of the things we really hated was the little known fact (outside of the freelancers) that most magazines have an editorial dogma that has built up over the years and any freelancer that disagrees with it in an article risks a blood-in-the streets edit.
Phyllis and I, the publishers and editors of this site, take a different view and have recently codified that in a new editorial policy that we want to share with you, our readers:
The editors and publishers of AAC will not in any way try to influence the writers, or edit their articles, to comply with our own opinions.
Having said that, we will always feel free to disagree with the opinions of the other writers, just as they should feel free to disagree with ours. We will be publishing my thoughts on watertight bulkheads in a few days.
If you have a comment on this editorial policy, fire away, but if you have thoughts on watertight bulkheads, please save them for for my post on that subject.