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You're probably going to want to contact a Hunter 30 owner's group or Hunter themselves to get specific information about re-doing the hull-deck join. If those bolts are leaking, it would probably be wise to remove all the bolts, the sealant, and then clean the join and apply new sealant and new bolts. It is a pretty big job to do this...
Replacing the chainplates and inspecting the deck and bulkheads for rot and delamination is also a pretty big job. You should probably replace the standing rigging at this time as well—since it is probably 27 years old.
The mast step, by comparison, is a relatively simple task. Make sure you remove the deck mast step, and check the deck for delamination and core rot.
Finally, when replacing bolts, do properly pot any that go through the cored sections of the deck.
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