I agree, that's a option, but there's already damage to the fiberglass around the screw holes... There are spider cracks extending 2" from the holes in all directions. I'm afraid drilling more/new holes will weaken the fiberglass even more, causing a huge headache down the road. I may have to use that option as my last resort. If I can, I'll get access to the bottom side and fabricate a pair of plates for the top and bottom... When I install them, I'll throw down a layer of sealant between the fiberglass and the plates. Hopefully I can manage to pull that off.
I hear ya... The more I work around these boats the more I realize they weren't built very well.
Let's chalk it up to my luck... Lol. I'll try pulling the panel off in a little bit.