Have you addressed the whole harness thing? Like Sailing Dog said, for single-handing you need to be on a harness. Well actually that can be debated as well, but I recommend using one. Especially when you start using Autopilot, I never leave the harbor single-handed unless I am on a tether. Like I said it has been debated on these threads before. I think the best thing is a harness and tether with a quick release, which can be released under stress.