I don't single hand that much any more . I think having a auto pilot is really the key to the whole thing . On Westsails people do get rid of the staysail boom but you have to put T tracks on the house to give the staysail shape . Back to the single handing , many beers ago when we got our little cutter we did not understand how to reef it correctly . when the wind would build we would first haul down the Yankee and sail with Main and Staysail , that would create bad weather helm . For our boat the proper way to reef is to first reef the Main and if need be double reef it . Second would be reef the Staysail and a bit of the Yankee . Hope that helps . What boat do you have Ze'K ?
Edit : I see Cape Dory .
Lol @ many beers ago. You're correct I picked up a CD30 cutter. Thank you for pointing the reefing steps I'll try that technique. I thought that I was going to reef the dory that way too. Bring Yankee down and roll with just a reef main and staysail.