I have to side with Gmac here. OK, I understand what you mean Louis with the boat "shear" and thus it's momentum putting strain on the rode
and yadda yadda. But Stern on, I see firstly a greater surface area being presented to the wind
that the bow would have presented. Afterall, it's this shape that stops the boat "sailing at anchor" in the first place. Second, Wave action hammering away at the stern must also place some very sharp pulling action on that rode
. Relentless shock loading I would have thought.
Personly, I just could not put up with the wave action hammering under the stern. It drives me nuts when we are in the birth or at a warf or somewhere I have no controll of the wave/boat direction. It pounds so hard you think someone is running into the stern with a boat.