You will find that the pick-up line with looped end, will be a nasty mess of slime and critters - which will surely make a mess of your foredeck when attaching to the bow cleat. For this reason, we always have a dedicated line made fast to the port cleat, the bitter end threaded through the mooring line loop, which is then cleated off to the starboard cleat.
Having a dedicated line keeps the deck clean and allows length adjustments to clear our anchor pulpit and bobstay.
When singlehanding, bring the line aft to the cockpit before snagging with your boat hook.
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