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Fiberglassing above one's head is possible. Matching gelcoat is a bear.

It sounds like the shrouds may be overtensioned, and the boat has responded by allowing the mast to compress the deck. And as you tighten the shrouds, to bring them back up to spec...the mast compresses the cabinroof a bit more.

I hope that you've checked your chainplates, as if you're going to be installing a compression post in the main cabin to support the mast, it would probably be a wise idea to make sure all the chainplates are in good shape. The chainplates will probably have more of a load on them with the mast supported properly, than they do currently.

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"Fiberglassing above one's head is possible. Matching gelcoat is a bear."
Working upside down with fiberglass can be a bear too, it will try to drip down into your hair and eyes. Often successfully. Matching gelcoat color...well, there are guys in the body shop and auto upholstery repair business who match those colors all day, but they've got a talent for it and lots of practice. I'd settle for matching the texture and then putting upholstery or padding over it, like carpenters say "that's what trim and molding is for".

Or, you go in from above and do your deck repair from above, applying anti-skid locally or refinishing the deck to hide the work.
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