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Stainless, properly backed, is far better. You wouldn't question putting backing plates under a winch (well, I don't and I retrofitted my old boat this way!), so why would you not have the strongest possible fittings on something that may be your only grip between the boat and the sea?
I like teak in very limited amounts above deck. My forward hatch surrounds are teak, and I don't know if I'll keep them. The wood at the companionway is definitely getting replaced with metal and "Dutch doors".