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Possibly the USCG tow rope was a proper hawser and simply too thick to be secured to the cleats on the boat.
I've been taught to run a tow rope aft to the mast and secure it around the mast itself if there is no suitable strong point on the bow, but I can see that might not be feasible either, given the sea conditions and the amount of motion it would swing through.
I'd hate to be the PO, explaining why I threw away the recall notice instead of replacing the rudder.