Originally Posted by Alex W
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).
I guess if you are reefing for the afternoon that will be fine, but go a few days without the lashings (cringle, boom or under sail) and you may get other types of problems that will really send you to the the mast...