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If you have a main that raises without binding, it only takes a few seconds. You can just head up into the wind, step up to the mast and pull the sail up, and step back into the cockpit. Maybe try with someone in the cockpit who just lets the tiller go. If you don't get is all the way up. Just head up and try again. For Dropping the sail, it will help to have lazy jacks, so you can just let it drop.
All you need for a tiller tamer, is a length of shock cord (or rope and a little shock cord). Wrap around the winch cleat or something, around the tiller a few times, and over to the other side. You can even make small adjustments while it is tied. Just remember, you now have a boat that is on auto-pilot. If you fall off, it will keep going without you.