CM says it's "noteworthy," (page 60). Didn't see a particular conclusion beyond that observation. Plaintiff says [paraphrasing] "holy shit the boat'll fall apart if i fix it!" (pp 65-66).
Making box beams out of the bunks seems(*) like it would be stiffer (M=EI) than the standard bonded floor, and depending on who interprets the rules, it's illegal. Cutting the bunks into compliance while there is no structural cabin sole would make the boat less longitudinally stiff, to the point of unseaworthy in plaintiff's estimation, than unadulterated boats.
Question is whether to:
a) "let this one slide" and keep 217 as-is (maybe "champ" really is just that good, but if you let him do it, you'd better let everyone. Maybe there won't be an arms race. Maybe your competition will still want to play. maybe...)
b ) make 217 compliant with a case of beer and sawzall (oh noes! it'll fall apart! it's unfixable! pay me!), or
c) suck it up, cut the bunks out, put in a cabin sole that is to-spec, then rebuild the bunks to class rule, taping everything that can be and nothing else. This is more than a weekend project, but then again I suspect champ has some time on his hands and some unused sail budget.
(*) shitty rectangular approximation is I=(bh^3)/12. boats are curvy though, plan A doesn't show athwartships cross section, and I'm neither a civil engineer nor a naval architect.
ninja edit for fucking sunglasses thing choice b
Wow. Care to elaborate? If you're gonna stir that shitpot make sure you get it nice and frothy.