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It's annoying that manufacturers often install hardware before joining the hull and deck together, making access either impossible or close to impossible. My Catalina 309 is the same way...the stanchions are installed prior to joining, and if you ever have to replace them, it's an ordeal to say the least.
I resorted to using a little putty on a wrench to hold a nut to it and trying over and over before succeeding at replacing some of the nuts. There are some stanchions on my boat, that if I had to replace them, I would have ended up using a 1-1/2" hole saw to cleanly cut holes in the hard liner to gain access. There would simply be no other way other than to train a rat to crawl in there and wrench them on.
If you have to go the hole route, then I guess you either live with the holes, or use some kind of a hole plug. I suppose one could find some nice plastic snap in plugs first, and size the access hole accordingly.