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Every car model is going to be different - but....
I have yet to see any modern car or light truck that has anything to gain from attaching the front tie-downs to the bumper, rather than to loops attached as close to the front of the hood as possible. Attachment to the bumper is just going to wrap over the leading edge of the hood anyway - so going with a shorter rope from the leading edge of the hood will reduce stretch in the line.
If you use gunwale brackets or some other centering device, there is no need for more than one rear line per boat. I run one line from the loops on my hitch receiver up over the rear of the roof to a thwart that is forward of the attachment point.
Between these and a couple belly straps, it ain't going anywhere.
Also - why not use the tug-eye loops for the front attachment? They typically go through one of the strongest parts of the boat. Arguably stronger than the gun'l to hull attachment that you would be relying on when tying off to a thwart.
Of course - all this assumes a boat that is not overly heavy and/or weak in construction.
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