Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: CT / St John USVI
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You might want to use G10, which is a laminate composit material with great compressive properties. You can buy it in various configurations from MSC or McMaster Carr.
When I re-did our boat, I made up G10 backing plates / strips and epoxied them in place after drilling the existing hardware bolt holes oversized. Then I filled the over-sized holes with epoxy, let it cure, and re-drilled the bolt holes for the deck hardware.