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Extra-thick cabin top?

I bought a couple of Harken standard cam cleats for use with my main and jib halyards, and picked up the top-mounted fairleads as well. The problem is that a 3" #10 stainless bolt won't reach through the fairlead, cleat and cabin top enough to bolt it on the other side. I've looked around quite a bit and it seems that 3" #10 bolts are the max length anyone makes standard. I've checked the Home Depot-type places, Ace Hardware, little ma&pa hardware stores and even West Marine -- 3" is it.

Am I using the wrong equipment for the purpose? Should I have gotten the base-mounted fairlead rather than the top-mounted ones? I never expected the cabin top to be so thick, or that #10 bolts would stop at 3" (even 3 1/4" would have worked).

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Is the top or the headliner ?

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Don't forget to also put some sort of backing plate/block on the inside.
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It's the top -- it just misses the headliner, so I don't have any issues there.

Is there a chain hardware store that carries that bolt, or do I have to order it from the website?

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(I didn't forget the backing plate)

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