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dousing a hanked jib
While I am not sure where and how you use the boat I would get a tiller pilot. They really don''t use much power at all and make single handing a joy.
You can call up Navico or Autohelm and ask for a refurbished one and get a really good model that way at a big discount.
The way to use it is to sheet the jib in really hard and then steer the boat (with the autopilot or crew) so that the sail will drop inside the lifelines (if you have lifelines). If not steer a little higher and drop it closer to the center.
While the boat motors into the wind on autopilot you go forward and let the halyard out a little at a time as the sail stacks inside the lifelines. once it is down there most sails even deck sweapers will stay there with a little help. Some boats rig light lines on the lifelines to keep the sail inside.
Yea, get a autopilot. Then you can get yourself food while the boat sails. What''s better than that?