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I converted from a wire halyard with toothed rack to a more user-friendly system, using 4mm dyneema and a small plastic horn cleat fitted on the starbaord side of the mast, just below the gooseneck. This gives the maximum length of halyard from the sheave to the cleat, allowing me to sweat up the tension- important if setting a reef underway and not removing the boom from the gooseneck.
I suppose a clamcleat could work but I instinctively trust a horn cleat a bit more and I don’t think it damages the rope at all.