Re: Recommend Cleat for bow/anchor
Any cleat should be far stronger than the heaviest line you will ever use on it, including tow lines. That is why I prefer a mooring bit. The ones on my boats are mostly 90 tons sheer strength.
Putting them on the rail drastically reduces chafe.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"