You can mount a modern rail on the mast with modern sliders. A sail for a 38ft can that way be raised with your force, even without the use of winches.
Regarding the genoa, on normal conditions and good timing should not be a problem. With heavy weather you have normally the genoa already half furled, but if you have problems with medium winds (tacking) just furl the genoa a bit before tacking.
About the auto pilot, they come normally regulated to auto-tack with 45º of the apparent wind. Try that and if your boat needs more just increase 5º each time since you reach the situation you are more comfortable with.
Last edited by PCP; 03-05-2011 at 09:48 AM.