I see some folks did remember basic physics!
I guess not everyone hid in the back!
Another thing to consider is the maximum force the main sheet is likely to add. After all, often the maximum force boils down to the maximum the sailor can crank. Say, the purchase times 50 pounds. For design purposes, 80 pounds. See how that adds up. Again, I suspect the mast will be in the water before that. In general, the reefing tackle is matched to the mainsheet tackle. On my boat, at least, the loads are equal.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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