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Re: There She (Fiberglass/ Stern Cleat Torn Out) Blows !

Great time to look at winches. The PO of my boat added a new winch, but the mounting was hidden above the liner. In a good breeze I tore the sucker out, and just missed losing it. No backing plate under a cored deck. It is a very solid boat, but the builder had not planed on a winch at that location, and the PO didn't even use washers. The nuts crushed the core and started to pull through. It has a big FRP plate now.
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Re: There She (Fiberglass/ Stern Cleat Torn Out) Blows !

Ouch, I used 1/4 aluminum plate and mounted with thickened epoxy to contour of the used side of the deck. I am not sure if this was the correct methos or not but it sure make me feel better. I also added a large stainless mooring bit/bollard to the main deck up at the bow, this has a 2'X2' backing plate. If this breaks loose I am pretty sure the rest of the boat would be junk.

with that said I would repair the area and put the cleat back with a substantial backing plate(large surface area), not wood. And add a bollard if you have room for it for your mooring lines.
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