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Bulkhead repair

I have some water damaged wood on my bulkhead. It is under the chainplates. The chainplates, however, attach to a seperate knee on the hull, not the bulkhead. How can I repair the (maybe 4"X4") corner of the bulkhead?
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got pics? might wanna make a small investment in this:
Amazon.com: Spurr's Boatbook: Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat (9780070605541): Daniel Spurr: Books
has a great chapter on repairing replacing chanplates... i would be a wee bit concerned that the damage may affect a greater area than is readily visible...
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I will post some pictures tonight as i replaced a pretty big section of one of Seafevers bulkheads which holds a chainplate and it has passed the its pretty dam windy test without issue
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I might have made my OP confusing. The chainplates are not connected to the bulkhead. That was just the source of the water. This is almost a cosmetic repair. It is just a matter of hacking out a chunk of the wood and replacing it with something similar. I'm just not sure how to do carpentry on a bulkhead already installed in the boat.

The rest of the bulkhead feels pretty solid.
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did not look that bad



Probing found it to that BIG and a piece of guide wood with a 45 deg bevel to guide the Fien tool made cutting easy



which left solid wood



A new piece as fitted in and G-FLEX was used for the wood to wood and the rest was taped back to the hull



Some strategic painting left things about as good looking as could be hoped for and STRONG
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did not look that bad



Probing found it to that BIG and a piece of guide wood with a 45 deg bevel to guide the Fien tool made cutting easy



which left solid wood



A new piece as fitted in and G-FLEX was used for the wood to wood and the rest was taped back to the hull



Some strategic painting left things about as good looking as could be hoped for and STRONG
Nice job - very tidy. The painted area is why trim was invented anyway.
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If the damage is cosmetic, you can cut out the section and glue a matching (that's the fun part-possibly why Tommay's painted his...) veneer over it. Otherwise, Tommay's route is the way to go. His "taping back to the hull" is a nice way of saying "maybe a day or so of prep and another two to three episodes of layering reluctant fiberglass and noxious chemicals to join everything in a strong bond that looks presentable". His looks great! Good luck.
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