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Re-reading this thread, I noticed that all the references to a mounting pad for the winches only refer to wood or fiberglass. I've seen many boats, particularly old ones with "plank" coamings, that used fabricated metal mounts - sometimes in bronze but also in S/S. I'd be inclined to go that route if any serious "project" work was needed to mount the winches. The brackets bolt to the deck and/or coaming on various types of legs or feet, depending on the application, and the winch bolts to the top pad of the bracket.
You can work out the pattern needed with poster board or doorskin material and take it to a good S/S fabricator. Polished up they'll look great.
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