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I think what gc1111 meant is that it holds the boom up while you bring the main down to reef it. You wouldn't actually be using it to "lift" anything. It just carries the load of the sail and boom so it doesn't fall down into the cockpit, but the boom is ready to swing when you turn. I had the clip on the backstay as well and I can almost guarantee you'll forget and leave it clipped on - especially if you have a bimini. I have pictures with us sailing, looking happy and the dumb thing is still clipped.
I had a Catalina 22 and they are very tender/light. I'm not sure I would sail it in winds that really required reefing anyhow, unless I had to. Really great boat though - had some of my best trips on that one.
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