Originally Posted by SVTatia
You will then realize that you still have to go to the mast for at least two tasks: hook the reef cringle and lash the sail to the boom.
Neither of those are necessary in many reefing systems. Often the reef tack cringle is held down with line, just as the reef clew cringle is.
The sail should never be lashed to the boom, the reef knots should go around the sail cloth only. That is an optional step that makes it neater, but it's not mandatory.
Here my boat Elena is reefed with neither of those things done:
Here my friend's boat Jackie is reefed with reefing line tidying up the loose sail at the boom:
His boat has no lines going to the cockpit and and he single hands all the time. His boat is also engineless (he even glassed over the propshaft through hull).