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Replace mast with inmast furler.
In my experience, reefing mainsails, which are unbattened of course, are hard to trim when reaching. The nice thing about fixed reef points is you can go to that same sail area with certainty -- and you get used to it. If you are going to felt-pen the mainsail to get exact sail areas to balance against your headsail, then stick with dutchman reefing or whatever on a battened sail and (a) know hou much laundry you have out and (b) get decent sailshape.
It is a long long day close hauled with a loosefooted unbattened main. Think about spending the money on a fully battened main with two reefpoints, lines led aft. Sweet.