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Re: Optimal halyard length?

That's partly personal preference, and partly how you expect to use the boat. If you're going to be sailing in a lot of shifting conditions where you'll be tying in reefs, and if your reefing lines aren't lead aft, then it may be easier to keep the main halyard at the mast. By contrast, if you're going to be doing a lot of single handing, and if getting forward to drop the main while alone is going to cause you problems, then you might want to run the halyard back to the cabin.
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