Originally Posted by midlifesailor
but if I ever have to be towed in rough conditions, I think I would use my rock climbing background to try to rig a load equalizing, 3 point harness to spread the load over both bow cleats and the base of the mast. Hopefully, such a bridle tied into a long enough tow line would spread the shock
Your instincts are good. It's the whole idea behind snubbers and other shock-deflection tactics...not to create an overwhelming "point load" that will cause the actual fabric of the boat to fail.