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Deck to Hull fastening....

Some "production" type boat Companies try to save money and time by building a boat with a less than desireable mating of the deck to hull fastening system. Wouldn''t it be easy to just replace the sheet metel type screws with a nut and bolt replacement strenthening, or even just getting out the epoxy resin and some matt and biaxial cloth and roughing up the surface and applying some lay-ups in order to strenthen the hull to deck seam from the inside? I feel like if I really liked a Beneteau 40.7 of a Dufour 40 and found a used one at a great price, and liked the design and sailing characteristics then why not just do a little modifying to the boat to make it more sea worthy for Ocean passages? Has anyone ever done this? Thanks for any replys.
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