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The original setup on my '76 2I8 was slab reefing for the 1st & 2nd aft cringles, lines running down to turning (cheek) blocks mounted on the boom - forward to cam cleats.
The forward 1st & 2nd reefing lines were apparently run down through fairleads and cam cleats mounted on the mast.
I took all this hardware off when I overhauled the mast & boom 3 years ago and reinstalled the aft reefing lines in a similar manner. New Main (built from a SailRite kit) has 3 rows of reefs. Now I use the Cunningham as my forward reefing line, with a snap shackle on the end of a 5:1 block system (Cunningham) snapped onto a high-strength carabiner that goes through the reefing cringle.
This system works well in a pinch, and I felt better keeping the fore & aft reefs separate (2-line). But I'm probably going to purchase more lines so I can run the forward reefing lines back to the cockpit. Hope that helps. ~Joel