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Don't take this the wrong way but I've never seen a wind vane on the transom of a sailboat!
Wind vanes are either at the mast head or on the shrouds - for a very good reason - so they are in undisturbed air so as to get as accurate an indication of wind direction as possible.
On the transom, it will be in bad air off both sails all the time - except when your sitting at anchor.
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Self-steering vane, Liquorice, not a wind direction indicator.....
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Wooops! What a dumb mistake.
I remember I made a mistake once back in '53!
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I've used the sticks of epoxy putty lots of times on a boat. When your boat has a liner and you want to through bolt something you just drill the bolt hole then use a hole saw to make a 3/4" hole on the inner liner only. Mix up a golf ball size batch and push it through the 3/4" hole. It spreads out into a round pad between the liner and the deck or hull. After it hardens in about 15 minutes just redrill the hole from the other side and you are good to go. Two years ago I did all 32 bolts holding the jib tracks to the deck this way. They won't be ripping off the deck any more!

For what you are doing I'd just hand mold it to the step and press it flat with a piece of ridgid sheet polyethylene (cutting board) before it hardens, then redrill the hole.

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Dura-glas is a filler with glass fibers in it. You mix it up with a hardener and then just shape it to fit what you are doing. I would sand or grind the area you are going to apply it to and then clean with acetone before application. I've used it for a bunch of different things on the boat, above and below waterline. It's fast and easy and bulletproof.

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