Re: Small boat single handed hoisting
If you have two cleats on the sides of the cockpit in line with your tiller you can experiment with tying a line between them that wraps around the tiller with a loose clove hitch.
That acts as a tiller tamer and doesn't get in the way like a real tiller tamer does when you are actually sailing.
The friend who bought my Catalina 25 figured this trick out and it works great. It's much better than the Tiller Tamer that we once had on there.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior