Originally Posted by jackdale
Make sure that you tow from a strong part of your vessel. Rather than using the cleats, use the primary winches and a bridle. I would use the dock lines and anchor rode as they will be nylon and therefore stretchy.
Are you sure the winches are stronger than the cleats? On the Hunter 33 I sail, the manual specifies the cleats as the strong points with 9000lb breaking point.