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Suggestions for Cleat re-mounting

Looking for some assistance on what it will take to repair the clam cleats on my boat.

I'm a relatively new owner of a US Yacht Buccaneer 18 (1982). It is in reasonable shape, but the cleats for the jib sail, located on the center board trunk, are coming loose. Both of them will rise off the surface, about an inch. The screws turn loosely, but are still somehow anchored. They will not tighten.

At this point, they shouldn't be used, as I fear they will rip from the boat and cause unnecessary damage.

What will it take to tighten them back to the boat? Are they back mounted to the inside of the boat, or all of the way through the center board trunk?

Of course, the next question is: what is the best way to get to the back of those screws? There are no side access points to the areas below the cleats, on the trunk. There does appear to be a 2" one for the the main sail cleat, about a foot away.

Thanks for any considerations.
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