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I fitted a pair of open fairleads to the bow of my composite MkI. If you use a thick enough mooring rope it is very unlikely to work its way out. For the paranoid, you could use two mooring ropes, one either side. The only times I have had the rope come out have been when the boat has been on a running mooring at low tide and there has been a big angle on the rope (from a high point on the shore)- amd this was only when I had pulled the boat in to the shore, steepening the angle.

For chafe protection, I used a strip of coated alu from an old venetian blind. It was already curved, and just needed a little more persuasion to fit the curve of the gunwale running strip. I epoxied it in place and I think it looks fairly smart- better than plastic, anyway.