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Replaced chain plate deck core - Did I do something stupid?
Hi all, I felt pretty good about a deck repair I did recently around my starboard chainplate, but after reading up again now I'm wondering if I made a fatal mistake.
My chainplate goes through the deck and attaches to the bulkhead, and the deck around the plate intrusion was soggy and rotten. I removed the fiberglass skin in the area and replaced the balsa core, but rather than remove the chainplate and create a slotted epoxy plug for it to fit into surrounded by flexible sealant, I just molded thickened epoxy around the chainplate itself. This was partly because I left the 1.5" tab of fiberglass topskin around the chainplate, and it made sense at the time to just turn that area into a solid watertight block. Now after re-reading some of the discussion here, I'm more than a little afraid that I've created an immovable seal that's going to damage the deck, the plate, or both.
Can someone out there please let me know if what I did was stupid, and how stupid, exactly? What will be the consequences if I sail with this setup? Any suggestions for how to rectify the situation if in fact the epoxy is solidly adhered to the chainplate?
Thanks, and please, be gentle.