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Connecting the towline to the mast of the towed vessel is a choice, but I've only done so when the towed vessel lacked suitable bow cleats.
I would not attach a bridle to a deck stepped mast.
The bridle would use the primary winches and a keel stepped mast. All of the lines would come together as far forward on the foredeck as feasible and be joined by bowlines. Lots of antichafe as well.
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