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Not trying to start a situation, but that tow in the 2nd pic is a no-no ( mercy wake). Should have made a bridal off the transom eyes. You could pull out a cleat, even if it is back plated, with the other end to his bow eye.
I was thinking the same thing about towing from the cleat. They are using the cleat on that express cruiser as well. Sure makes it a lot easier to steer using a bridal as well, as demonstrated by the postion of the motors in that pic.
I towed a Bayliner Capri (no joke) a couple of years ago. The bow eye on it was right at the waterline. I had to jump overboard to make my tow line fast. It was summer so I didn't mind, but if the water was cold I don't think I could have reached the bow eye. The cleats on that boat would not have even accepted my dock lines.
When towing I ask for the towee's anchorline (lots of it) and tie a bowline in it, then use a dockline of mine to run through the bowline and tie off to both pad eyes on my transom.