I can't imagine not having a winch. In fact I almost put an electric winch on to make recovering solo with transom wheels on. Might still do it.
Plus you need some kind of tower at the bow to create a bow stop for towing, or the boat could launch forward into the tow vehicle. I leave the winch connected and then put a motorcycle tie down holding the bow down. The boat is never towed down the road without straps on the stern either.
I use a bridle like this for anchoring. I have always meant to splice the rope, but there are plenty of projects ahead of that. Hey at least I spliced my anchor rope! The center knot is assurance if one side cuts loose the other side can still hold the boat for redundancy. The length of rope is specific so that the carabiner can clip to the milk crate (That holds the anchor and rode in the bow) for storage.