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There's a good argument for leaving the main halyard and reeflines at the mast, esp if you have a form of self steering. If you're by yourself having all that handy in a single location is clean and works well.
Yes, you can run ALL the lines back, but that's a fair cost if not done already and generally higher friction, you may be 'under the dodger' and not able to clearly see what's happening aloft (eg grinding on a reef line not noticing it's wrapped itself the wrong way around the boom...)... sometimes keeping it simple pays off.
Autotack works for me most times, you can adjust the gain on the AP that might help some, but generally there's not much wrong with a slow tack as long as you have enough way on.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)