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Wont you need to take down the liners in your diagram to get at where the chain plate is bolted to the 5/8" ply bulkhead? Is the bulkhead tabbed to the hull and in good shape behind the liners?
The hole suggests that maybe a bolt or 2 were pulled through the deck when the chain plate came out. Makes me wonder if the bulkhead may be compromised.
By all means open up the hole a bit as you will want to bevel it for your repair anyway. I find that a grinder with a sanding disc on it works well at shaping fiberglass and wood - lots of dust though.
It looks to me as though that wooden toe rail could use re-finishing. Looks like old Cetol Marine on there now.
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