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Raising the sails without the motor

I usually motor into the wind and raise the main then fall off to a tack and unfurl the genny.

It occurred to me however that even with lazy-jacks it would be useful to be able to hoist and douse the sails without the motor.

What I did today that worked is:
Hoist sails
Unfurled the jib and got some way on.
Tacked the boat and as soon as the battons on the main cleared the lazyjacks hoisted the main crisply.
Adjusted sails and set a course.

Douse sails
Furled the genny
Tack the boat and as the main flogged dropped it crisply.

Have you guys ever tried hoisting and dousing sails without the motor?
If so how do you do it?
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