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3 pages of discussion for a cleat and 2 bolts?? I could've built a boat by now! LOL
wow. you are good. i am outclassed.

there are a lot of people with good ideas. nothing wrong with that. hopefully, some other guy, with the same problem, will find this thread in the future.
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Put a new cleat somewhere that you can accomplish the task. Then remove the old one and plug the holes. Looks kinda tight where its at now anyway. Otherwise, a new coaming storage box would be a neat addition.
the cleat isn't the only issue or that might be a thought. i still need to replace that screw in the rail base, though.
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Re: to cut or not to cut. that is the question.

Is your boat a Catalina 27' by any chance?
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Is your boat a Catalina 27' by any chance?
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ok. nutserts. we used to use those at an assembly plant used to weld at. i hadn't even thought of them in years. that' a good option.

the sawzall method was what i was leaning towards, myself. sikplest way to do the job.
Rivet nuts won't provide the safety and strength of a backing plate.
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Is that a fuel tank vent on the sloping side aft of the stantion? If so, can you remove it and get a wrench onto the nut in question?
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Rivet nuts won't provide the safety and strength of a backing plate.
probably true. they do rely on the stength of the material they are installed in.
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Is that a fuel tank vent on the sloping side aft of the stantion? If so, can you remove it and get a wrench onto the nut in question?
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i pulled that off, already, to check. it is a vent of some sort but it's only 1/4" in diameter.
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Re: to cut or not to cut. that is the question.

I confess to not having read every post, so pardon the possible redundancy.
A Beckson-style deck plate would be the cat's a** here.
I've seen them in catalogs with a cloth bag that sets into the hole.
I'd think that you could also glass in a bottom and aft end and create a small storage locker that way. Needn't be neat or finished-looking. Nobody will poke their head in.
The peace of mind you'd get knowing that your cleats are properly fastened and backed will probably be worth the effort even if you don't make a storage space. It's crazy not to have access to fastenners. And using McGyver tricks as others have suggested would work but it's often hard to know for sure how well you've secured the fastenner.
I've installed a number of those deck plates and it's easy. Just bed them with something that won't harm the plastic.
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the cleat isn't the only issue or that might be a thought. i still need to replace that screw in the rail base, though.
Apologies. I missed the screw needed for the stern rail (pushpit). Hope you figure it out.
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