I’ve been using a trucker’s hitch to tie down my boat amidships, which has always worked great. I do the same in the stern, with no issues. The bow, which is tied down to loops in the corners of the hood, works well on the highways, but the minute I get myself onto a rocky road it begins to loosen.
I can’t use as much tension because it will damage the hood, and I don’t have a spot under the hood to bold the tie down loops to. So, I’m in need of another means of tensioning the bow, so it’s more secure in these situations.