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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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