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As I said, if all three lines lead to a single double block or fiddle block at the end of the boom, it would be a 3:1 pretty clearly. The line going forward to the block mid-boom does add some purchase—since the two blocks effectively act as a single large diameter block, but probably not as much as if it was at the boom's end.... mid-boom sheeting gives less leverage than end-boom sheeting. That is why I say it is closer to a 3:1, but not quite 3:1.
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