I have an eyebolt fitted through the stem just where it is shown on the plans for the bobstay. I've had one on my previous boats, it's very useful for attaching the boat to the trolley when recovering. It also helps that it is below the level of the cover when towing.
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An eye-bolt in the stem was included in early versions of the Sloop rig plans, to secure the bobstay for the bowsprit. It presumably passes right through the stem into the forward compartment.
The eyebolt is listed in the Fittings List of Morbic 12 Building Manual – Appendix 4 rev 5 - Page 2/3.
You can see it in some pictures. (eg one from the website https://mymorbic.uk/Pics/RP%20DSCF4697.JPG
As for whether I've found it necessary when operating solo:-
Launching = No
Recovery - Getting Proteus onto the launching trolley has generally been straightforward. Keeping it aligned in place while still floating - I've tended to flick a line over the bow and down to the trolley handle.
BTW - We've got guide-rails but never used them. Some people do like them. Maybe handy in a side-wind/current?
Dragging the trolley + boat up some steeper slipways has been a challenge, but only because of the weight, not the boat's security. (Assuming the above-mentioned line is secure)
Maybe I'll add an eye only for security while towing on-road. It would also eliminate rope-chafe on the gunwale alongside the stem.
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