Good going on your solo. It's the start of an entirely different level of sailing. I bought my a Pearson 26 in San Diego last year and one of my first year goals was to sail solo. You're absolutely right about in and out of the slip. The boats aft of me are very expensive and starbord of them is a sailing school I have to pass every time I come and go. Fortunately haven't given them anything to snicker about. Reverse is your friend! Very helpful for stopping forward momentum. Also using both the tiller and engine to stear is much tighter. The first few times I went out were dedicated to using only main or only jib. This helped in working out individual details without exponantilly (spelling?) complicating my head trip. I assume that once a tack is completed you prepare your lazy sheet well before the next tack.
When friends come out now they are welcome to do as much as they want but in the end it's like a ballet to me and I do my dance.
Pearson 26 #1396