Hood loops and long (20 foot+ boats)
Have a long, fragile kayak that dances a bit in strong cross winds. Used to use the car tiedown/recovery hooks on my former Subaru for strong attachment points for the bow lines, but the 14+ Forester has them set way back, so prefer to switch to hood loops attached to the bolts about halfway back under the hood.
With that said, it looks like the loops will be pulling against the hood due to the curving of the hood over the edge of the body/hood line.
Wanted to check with others that carry longer boats if you've had any paint/metal damage while using hood loops. I've seen posts for older Foresters saying no damage (and the use of paint tape), but not sure if they have the same hood design.
Here's the old setup