Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
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Agree, drill and fill isn't as good as it sounds.
If I wanted a quick fix to get sailing, I would cut out the damaged sections, replace them with good plywood, then secure a larger plate of ply behind it.
Fasten your chainplates through both peices of ply using longer bolts/screws, the 'patch' will keep everything aligned correctly, and the plate will spread the load throughout the bulkhead.
Advantage is that it's fast and easy to do, and will be fairly easy to remove later on when you decide to rebuild it correctly.
Disadvantage is that you will see the larger plate, but depending on it's location you can build a shelf or cabinet around it and hide it that way. Or simply cut it in a decorative pattern and make it look like an accent peice.
On one boat I had I needed a re-enforcement plate that was in plain sight, ended up cutting it to a decorative shape, and mounting a light on it. I figure if you can't hide it at least make it look good.