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When sailing solo on my Victory 21, I ran all the lines first, running back to adjust the tiller after each line. Then I launched the symmetrical spinnaker out of the bag, under the boom. All lines ran aft enough to do this.
It worked well and wasn't scary. (Well, there was that time we caught a gust, and took water over the coaming. Victory 21s don't have a self bailing cockpit. Don't tie any stopper knots.)
On our Beneteau 50, we use a sock over an asym and an autopilot. I did a simulated solo (with DavidPM standing by just in case), and it went fine. I need to add a longer tack line so the front of the asym can be controlled/released. I'm thinking about using a snatch block shackled to a metal loop that's on the top of the anchor roller.
Bring a friend along the first few times and tell him to just sit there and enjoy the scenery, unless you call for help.
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