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By starting at the boom you create a simple, (albeit high friction) 2 part tackle that makes it easier to properly tighten the clew when you reef. The extra power overcomes the friction and you end up with better purchase. It makes a significant difference.. pulling the clew down and out would be nearly twice as difficult with your suggested change.
 

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.......Now I've got one for you.
Why does the reefing line go back to the mast? Why not just cleat it off at the end of the boom? Would save even more line.......
Having a Socratic moment, David?? ;)
 
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Heh heh... I can hear it now.. Moments after sailing straight onto the beach under full sail, he says... 'quick, jump in and start scrubbing... it'll look like we did this on purpose!' ;)

 
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