Great comments about sailplans and furlings - thanks guys!
How about some other issues regarding single-handing a 34-40 foot cruising sailboat?
Such as autopilots vrs wind vanes?
From what I've been able to find, cockpit mounted autopilots although common are prone to failure and below-deck autopilots are recommended. I really don't know the difference, beyond 'where' they are on the boat. But wind vanes sound less likely to disappoint, and simple is better, right?
Any comments from the old salts here?