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Remember, that bigger boats expect to be out for weeks at a time. You might be on the same tack for days. This lets hitches the probably would have been fine to tighten up. If your not going out that long then why would you need to make sure it can't slip., so why bother with a hitch. This is the traditional way of looking at it. Also, newer boats use the friction to ease off a line too, it just usually done by having two wraps on the self tailing winch. You pull the line out of the cam cleat and ease it over the winch drum. If you pull back, the friction of the winch drum allows you to hold an otherwise heavy load that would pull through your hands. I don't think that modern lines are as persnickety as the older ones, so I wouldn't worry to about the halyard, unless you just want to. Its nice to know extra tricks, just in-case.
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