Re: Halyards to cockpit?
If you have the luxury of time and space, you can always put the boat in irons, stall it out and go forward to deal with the sails. Ditto for raising the main, then going ot the helm, and dealing with the joib when there's time and space, assuming you can lock the wheel so the boat will stay on course while you're forward.
If things are going to be crowded, being able to handle things from the helm may be more important. Best thing to do is have a couple of chinese fire drills in some empty water, see where and how far the boat moves, see if your comfort zone calls for staying on the helm.
And of course, downeast has been spoiled rotten by his I28. An I28 is so well balanced that the guy at the helm is just a figurehead. (G)