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It would help if you said what kind of boat you were on. The procedure may well vary a bit depending on the size of the boat. I am hoping that the cam cleat was through-bolted and not just screwed into the fiberglass.
Is the deck or part where the cam cleat was mounted cored? If so, then you''ll probably want to pot* the new holes, and fill the old ones with thickened epoxy.
On a small boat, it may be fine to just pot the holes and mount it... on a larger boat, where the loads on the jib sheets may be higher, it may be wiser to add a backing block. YMMV.
* Potting a fastener hole consists of drilling it oversized, filling the oversized hole with thickened epoxy, letting it cure, and then drilling the final hole for the actual fastener. I also recommend countersinking the top of the hole slightly, which will allow sealant to form an o-ring of a sort when you're bedding the hardware. The reason for potting is to protect the deck's core—usually end-grain balsa, marine plywood or foam—from water intrusion.
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