I've search the forums and can't find this specifically. Since I've got my new-to-me Sundeck, I've been noticing just how...well, the decisions the previous owner made when doing work or fixing issues on the boat. Like using regular screws instead of stainless or at least galvanized when installing speakers that didn't line up with the factory holes. To that end, the handle for the hatch was broken and luckily, they are still manufactured so I'm going to but a new one. Then I ran into this: The place where the screws are supposed to take purchase is completely shot. My initial plan is to use a product I found called Marine-Tex to fill in following the mold line. When it hardens, drill some holes that fit the screws for the replacement handle. I've never done this before and am worried that the repair won't properly adhere to the underlying wood substrate or that the screw will crack the epoxy and I will be right back where I started. Has anyone used the Marine-Tex or can they recommend a suitable substitute for buildup that will last the test of time and take a crew without cracking? I was thinking of mixing in some fiberglass to the Marine-Tex for example to give it a little more strength. Thanks for any help! P.S. The gelcoat holes are where the previous owner just screwed in a simple latch. It got the job done as far as keeping the hatch closed BUT it looks like crap. I'll fill the screw holes with whatever I use for the overall latch repair and dip my feet in with my first (but not last) gelcoat repair. The black in the background is the rubber carpet backing that is still stuck to the nonskid that I am fighting. Ugh.