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I have six clutches on my mast, and this gives me great flexibility in handling halyards, etc. They are mounted on teak pads, and the pads are tapped into the mast.
I agree with Cam's logic. In some cases, there are arguments for bringing lines back to the cockpit...in others, it's better just to keep everything tidy and friction-free at the mast. I used to want every line going back like a Spectra-strung guitar, with loads of clutches on the cabin top, but I've come to the conclusion that working at the mast offshore, secured to a "granny bar", is not only better mechanically, but is easier and safer in the long run.
I will also add that I use the clutches for only temporary gripping until I've cleated off. Some people seem to think they are an alternative to cleating. They are not. They are merely an aid.