Originally Posted by Faster
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 agree with Faster's advice, and even further that even with reefing lines run aft, unless you have single line reefing, you may as well leave the main at the mast. If you need to go to the mast to set the reef tack, or to ease the vang, you may as well also handle the halyard there.
As to the jib halyard, if you have a roller furler setup, you can leave the jib halyard on the mast also. (If you do not have a roller furling jib, you should get it!).