Re: reef line set up
Without photos, this is a bit of a guess, but per your explanation, I'd agree with you and take the knot out. You want to balance that load from the reef-eye, evenly between block and ring (ring means padeye where the line originates I would assume).
I believe this is true whether you are describing a luff eye/cringle, or a leech eye, from your text I can't tell which. But if it's the leech line, that's going to assume both the leech and foot tension once you reef, so all the more reason not to load up one part of your gear and not the other side.
Also you get a 2:1 mechanical advantage without the knot, but only 1:1 with it.
Please correct me on this if I'm envisioning it wrong, but I think I get what you mean.
Last edited by nolatom; 05-13-2013 at 12:13 PM.