I am about to replace my standard, head
sail sheet winches to self tailing
. I have managed to get winch
that line up with the exisiting bolt hole positions and thought this would be easy to change over.
Of course this is a sailboat and very job seems to have some brain bending complexity to it!
My starboard winch
is ok as I can access the fixing nuts and backing plate through the cockpit
locker. Albeit whil being a contortionist.
The problem is the port winch. The winch is above the 1/4 berth but a single
inner skin covers the entire interior
above and sides of boat.
I figure the only way to get access to the bolts is to hole saw through the skin lining so I can hold backing plate and get a socket on the nuts.
My questions are.
1- Is there an alternative to cutting sections out of the inner skin (Which I assume is fibreglass). I dont think there is but maybe I just can't think of any and someone out in Cruising world has some tricks
2- If not What have been some of the solutions to repairing, replacing or covering the section of the inner skin that I will cut out. I think that if I reseal/ re fibreglass that I will need to access again in the future. Has anyone made a removable cover for access to deck
fittings that looks ok for the interior
of their boat?