There was some talk about towing so I thought about starting this thread.
I have owned and operated private boats for a long time. I used to fish and video off shore for tuna in Calif. and Baja I have been towed and towed other boats in the past.
I have seen what can happen if a boat is not set up to tow.
Here are a couple of upgrades I have made to my boat in case I have to be towed or tow someone.
I reinforced the backing on my stern cleats. I cut ½-inch marine plywood to fit for backing and then cut ¼-inch aluminum plate to fit also. I bought the widest stainless bolts that would fit the cleats and used stainless nylock nuts I also used lock tight.
I reinforced my bow eye by cutting a hole in the floor board of my boat to access the bow eye nuts. I reinforced the bow eye with marine plywood and aluminum plate and use lock tight and stainless nylock nuts.
After the marine plywood was cut to shape and the holes drilled I applied 2 coats of fiberglass resin.
I will never tow any boat by attaching the rope to one stern cleat. I carry a ½-inch nylon rope bridle to attach to both stern cleats. I tie the tow rope to the middle of that bridle.
I stow 100-ft of ½-inch nylon rope on my boat just in case it is needed.