This happened on a Skerry, but could be applicable to many other boats. After very carefully measuring and marking the exact center of the 1/2" fill, I merrily began drilling, thinking the bit would not "walk" because there was no woodgrain for it to catch on. How wrong I was! The bit went all over the place.
I re-filled the hole and will re-drill, this time starting with a 1/8" bit, followed by a 1/4" bit, and finally the 3/8". Unless, that is, someone knows of a better method--please reply if you do.
Some possible solutions: 1. The above 3-bit method. 2. Making the initial hole larger than 1/2" so there is more than 1/16" epoxy surrounding the hole. 3. Installing the mast partner before mounting the seat and using a drill press to drill the holes (would probably need a helper for this).
Thanks for any ideas or suggestions.
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