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Running the halyard aft is one thing.... but if singlehanding then for true convenience/safety you'd need to run all reefing lines aft too. Now you're running into some costs, and possibly a higher friction operation.

A shock cord, line, or tiller 'tamer' of some sort should keep you on course long enough to go forward and quickly hoist the main on a boat that size. If your reefing lines are on the boom or near the gooseneck I'd be very reluctant to run your halyard alone aft. You'll need to have access to all three during reefing, better to do it all from one spot than have to run between mast and cockpit a few times to get the job done.

If there's two of you, then one can tend the halyard while you're at the mast.. but alone I'd rather have it all in one place.

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Smurphny has it right. Even when we have a crew, we ease the main sheet when raising the sail on our 35 footer. In our case, we have full length battens that can catch the lazy jacks, so it makes sense to keep the partially raised sail from catching the wind as we work out any interferences.

We once were luddites, but in our old age we had the main halyard and reefing lines led back to the cockpit as a safety issue. We also dumped our troublesome wheelpilot for a below-deck pilot. Our single-handed technique would include a slack main sheet, close proximity to steering, and the autopilot--if necessary.
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a tillerpilot has far more benifits than just this one,it frees you to do other things,use the head,make a snack even dose off a little during long crossings and i've never heard anyone complain about durability
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If going to the mast remember to clip on tether, that is the most important part . As long as you are on the boat you will deal with whatever happens.
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If going to the mast remember to clip on tether, that is the most important part . As long as you are on the boat you will deal with whatever happens.
And if possible have your safety devices set to lift your auto pilot and kill engine if you go over, this way it wont sail / motor away from you. I did mine with bungee cord and ladder with painter line over side
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Thanks to all for the advice and reassurance here. Maybe I'm just being a big sissy about it. No offense to Ms. Spacek intended.

I'll still run the halyard to cockpit (I have the hardware) but I'll find something else to obsess over.

I guess my biggest worry is that the wind will build and I'll be trying to reef (or drop) the main and there will be an 'incident'.

I think a harness and tether should be on my list; especially since I want to get some night sailing in next year.

Thanks again; I'm really enjoying my time here!

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Go here for a pic of the "Cajun Tiller Tamer"-I used this method before getting my autotiller off Craigslist last year. It's a cheap way to hold the tiller steady while raising the main-I found it dicey raising and lowering the jib this way, due to the change in the balance of the boat as the jib went up and down, but for holding the boat into the wind to raise/lower the main it was fine.

Low tech self steering, tiller. Pics?
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