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I would fill the area with thickened epoxy, filled with either high-density or collodial silica filler. This is for three reasons. First, the epoxy will prevent water intrusion into the core from this area in the future—helping prevent delamination, core breakdown and a bunch of other bad stuff from occuring. Second, the thickened epoxy will also bear the compressive loads exerted by the stay chainplates better than would a foam or wood core replacement. Third, using epoxy to fill the void is probably the least difficult and simplest way to repair said void.
If you want to use a core material to fill the void, I would go with Marine Plywood, and then pot the holes properly. However, this would require cutting away the skin on one side to insert the plywood replacement core in place.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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