Two lines of thought regarding bow/stern lines.
1. The bow/stern lines are there to prevent the boats from shifting fore/aft. In that case, they need to pull in opposite directions.
2. They are there as rack or rope/strap failure insurance. Main goal is to keep the boats somewhere in the vicinity of the vehicle until you can get off the road.
I subscribe to #2, so I don't care that my bow/stern lines don't oppose one another. They just are there so the boats don't go through a following car's windshield if a strap or rack mount fails. As an added bonus, they give a visual indicator if a boat shifts.
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