I believe when wind magic gets more experience
, and especially cruising, his ideas will change drastically. I would prefer a windvane over an electric autopilot, but I would want both if I could. A windvane to actually handle the wind, and a small autopilot to handle no wind. You don't need much of an autopilot to steer when there is no wind
Try hanking on sails alone when the big stuff hits the fan. Your body will be leaving the deck while trying to hank on sails, or you can do like me. Stuff yourself under the jacklines to stay on the deck
A prudent sailor will furl the headsail before it's a problem. If you have a cutter like myself as typed before, just furl the genny some more, and she's gone with the stysail working. Many headsails with have a couple of reefing marks on the foot of the sail. Usually you will find by the time you reach the second reef it's time for the stysail anyway, because the head sail has lost some of it's effeciency.
If these furling headsails are so bad! Then why do all the BIGTIME
sailors doing the Southern Ocean, or the complete world using them
Everybody gets through life differently, and that includes sailing too. Do your research, and gather knowledge from the forums. I personally think you are on the right track with your thinking.
My personal thought on sailing the islands. An electric autopilot over the wind vane, and a windvane when you cross oceans.