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Old 01-19-2011   #1
Provo, Utah
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Villain S Bulkhead?

Just got a Villain S and I have some questions about the bulkhead.

I had thought for some reason that the Jackson Uni-shock bulkhead plate was aluminum. It is not. I also thought that the whole system (including the rear pillar) was on a hinge for easy bow/stern access. I am not seeing this, but rather I am seeing that each time I want access to stern or bow I need to use a screwdriver. Is this right?

Can anyone clarify how this hinge thing is supposed to work?

As I was cleaning out the boat recently I also washed out a piece of foam from the nose and I am not sure how it goes back in. Is there supposed to be a foam nose piece in addition to the bulkhead? The shape of the piece doesn't seem to fit anywhere when I take out the bulkhead. It is about as thick as the bulkhead and rounded at one end with the other end being carved out in a crescent shape. It does not appear to fit together with the bulkhead or to fit properly in the nose of the boat. How does this go in?

Sort of lame-o questions I know... not sure who else to ask.

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Old 01-19-2011   #2
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The bulkhead you're thinking of was in the Rocker series of boats. The Villain has a different setup. It's still not screwed into the hull and will absorb an impact to help prevent shock on your ankles.

It is true that if you want the most access to the front of the boat, you will need to remove the extra bulkhead plate with a screwdriver. However, you can also pull the bulkhead all the way back and this will allow you to get lots of gear around it and into the front. I believe the change happened because the old aluminum system would bend/break after a lot of use by heavier paddlers. This new system will endure much more abuse.

I'm not quite sure about the foam piece. Is it a D-shape? Does it have a small hole through it? If the answer is yes to those questions, then it is the foam that your feet rest on. The bungee on the bulkhead plate goes through the hole, then the little clamp goes on the bungee to hold it on in case of a wet exit. There should be one on the right side and left side of the boat. If that doesn't make sense or if the foam doesn't match my description then email or PM me with a picture or better description and I'll help ya out. Happy paddling!

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Old 01-19-2011   #3
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It is not a D-shape. I have a hero and know which piece you are referring too. This looks totally different.

Would you mind taking out your bulk head and telling me if there is an extra piece in the bow of your Villain S that is not connected to the uni-shock system?
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