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double ending the main sheet
I don't have a picture, sorry, but I'll try and describe a solution we are using to allow main sheet adjustments at the helm, with a main sheet/traveller on the coach roof.
We double end the main sheet. It is actually one continuous line, one end terminates forward, like in the pictures posted, to a winch on the coach roof, the popular setup on today's cruising boats. We use this if there is crew interested in trimming the main.
The other end heads to a turning block near the mast, to a block on the coach roof (headed aft on starboard in our case) to a block on deck that fair leads to a secondary winch at the helm. Yea, I know, probably hard to picture. But with this setup, I can reach and adjust the main on a secondary, and the jib on primaries. This allows for easier single handing.
It's a bit of spaghetti, but we like it and it works well for us. We added brakes on either end of this line so you can control the main from either location and fix the other. You cannot of course adjust the traveller from the helm, but at least you can easily get the main sheet.