One of the slightly annoying things I discovered recently after purchase, was that the companionway steps weren’t anchored very well. The bracket that attaches to the cabinet had been moved or damaged to the point where the screw holes were stripped out too badly and wouldn’t hold the screws any longer.
I bought some wood filler to repair the damaged holes so I can re-attach the steps securely. This stuff worked great. Easy to apply and hardened up after a couple hours enough for me to be able to re-attach the steps with the screws. I initially had my doubts about the effectiveness of it, but it worked perfectly.
It doesn’t look really pretty right now, but there’s no worries now about the steps moving or coming apart from the bracket when I step into or out of the cabin. I’ll sand off the excess and make it look better once it comes time to oil or paint the wood.