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Old 02-26-2013
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Re: Halyards to cockpit?

If you're single-handed, and if reefing lines are NOT run aft, I think leaving the main halyard on the mast makes sense. An autopilot or effective self steering helps tremendously, of course.. but leaving it all on the mast means a single trip out of the cockpit to hoist, douse, or reef.

I also agree with the premise that running a jib halyard aft, and downhaul if hanked on, makes sense sailing shorthanded. Double lifelines, netting or lacing can help keep a dropped headsail on deck in that case.
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