I just wanted to follow up on this thread. I took off the F/C and the welds actually had so much penetration they cupped INTO the joint and didn't leave but a hair of material in it.
I unbolted the two broken areas from the deck, got out my MIG and loaded it up with SS wire and went to town. Since then, we've pounded it around, used it for a "adult activity" seat in the middle of the night, and had folks stand on it under sail, and not even the slightest hint of wear or fatigue.
You're right guys, welding is the only way to go.
I reject your reality and substitute my own.
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