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Use a two-line reefing system, where one line control's the reef's tack and another controls the reef's clew... That's how I have my boat setup, with the main halyard, topping lift, reefing lines, and outhaul all run back to the cockpit.

The reason I went with a two-line reefing system is that I feel it gives better control over the sail shape when reefed and the lines are shorter than if I were using a single-line reefing system. The lines are also under less friction than in a single-line reefing system. :) For more about two-line reefing, read this page.

If your mast is deck-stepped, then adding a base plate to the mast step to attach the blocks for the halyards and lines being led aft is a pretty simple way to do it.

It would help if you said what make/model boat you had, since someone on this forum may have the same boat and could give you model specific advice. :)
 
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