This the 'loop' I was referring to. I understand it is there in connection with the fold down windscreen.
It worked as a good tie down for my wife's kayak for nearly 3,000 miles with no detrimental effect on the hood. The front and back ropes are more for yaw stability than tie down which is done on the saddles.
I think with a sufficiently robust backing plate under the hood (which looks to be made from aluminum) that loop should do the trick.
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