Originally Posted by SKI*MC
Yes the high pole strap is looped though the bow hook. The lift ring does nothing but look pretty.
I have a pretty lifting ring as well! Used it to lift the bow up a little so I could replace the front stops on my trailer recently. I think that is the only time I have found a use for it.
I will try to get a look at the bracket on my boat this week and see if it suffers from a similar stress.