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OK so I got a great deal on some self-tailing Harken winches and decided to replace my jib sheet winches. My previous winch was a Lewmar, not self-tailing. I removed the old winch and now I have questions:

The holes don't align so I guess I have to fill them and drill new ones. What is the best way to fill the holes? Fiberglass or is there another product I could/should use?

The winch was mounted directly to the deck. The deck is made out of fiberglass with plywood inside (Tartan 3000 1982, I can see the plywood from underneath). I read some of the old posts on this board and they mention using a mounting plate. Do I need to do that? Should I reinforce the base in any way?

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