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If I decide to go with the bail I will cut the tab off.
FWIW I think the tang fitting you have now is better and stronger than a bail. The vang can put some extreme forces on the attachment and I've seen bails literally 'tear out' in extreme conditions.
Since you have the deck damage to deal with anyway the deck plate is likely the simplest, least costly approach.
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