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Why don't sailboats have bow eyes?

How come almost all powerboats have bow eyes to attach a mooring line to, yet sailboats often times do not have these bow eyes? If a sailboat has 2 mooring pennant lines its usually one to each bow cleat. I grew up on powerboats so I'm just used to having one line to the deck cleat and one line to the bow eye.
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The bow eye is really for trailer use


I dont see any powerboats in the harbor use the eye for mouring
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How come almost all powerboats have bow eyes to attach a mooring line to, yet sailboats often times do not have these bow eyes? If a sailboat has 2 mooring pennant lines its usually one to each bow cleat. I grew up on powerboats so I'm just used to having one line to the deck cleat and one line to the bow eye.
I believe that most trailerable sailboats DO have a bow eye. The bow eye is the attachment point for the trailer winch.
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Yep. My trailerable sailboat had a bow eye. I've never seen one on a sailboat NOT intended for trailering.
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I've never seen a bow mounted padeye on any boat not intended for trailering.
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For a second, I thought you meant these:



Maybe I'm more traditional than I thought.
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I have seen them on larger sailboats to use for an anchor snubber line. Seems like a good idea to me, but you need to drill two holes in the bow. The loads on a larger boat could get pretty high so it would have to be appropriately reinforced.
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I've seen this type on a PSC31..... so it can see, of course.

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Makes you wonder why there isn't an asterisk on the transom....
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