I have a question on the spot on the transom where the outboard clamps to. On my boat there was a piece of plywood that the clamps tightened against. That is pretty much shot and needs to be replaced. It is just screwed to the transom and actually not well because all the screws looked to have been standard drywall style and all were rusted that they broke and needed to be ground flush. My question is, could I just 3/8" aluminum plate for a new piece here or do i need to stay with wood? The only advantage I see to wood is that the clamps can dig in a bit.