Yes - I've considered moving the cleat to avoid the repair area. It would probably work but be less convenient.
I also wondered why this cleat had no backing plate - then it came to me. There were 2 cleats
on the port side and only one to STBD. The previous owner must have added the 2nd cleat to Port, and did not use a backing plate. Sure wish I had known that before connecting the tow line - I'd have undone the anchor
snubber that was occupying the FWD cleat.