Yeah, my jibs are hank on. The boat is small enough that I don't have to crank a winch to tack or jibe, so it's really not a big deal if I need to flop once or twice while coming in. My usual technique is to backwind the jib before dropping it, that way it all lands on deck instead of in the water.
My main does *not* fall into the stackpack unless it's pretty much completely de-powered. Should it? If thereís any pressure at all the slugs bind in the tracks. Maybe I need to lube the slugs better? Huh. Iíd always assumed thatís the way they all were.
Itís interesting how different people use their boats. Different sizes, different purposes, different boats. I recently chartered a 49í Jeanneau. One of the people on the trip was part of the crew that won this yearís Trans Superior. Pretty much the same size boat, but it couldnít have been more different. They did a lot at the mast because they had a crew of 12 and were doing constant headsail changes. Makes sense for them.
I guess on any boat where raising the main is a major enterprise, going up to the mast to do it isnít that big a deal. Still seems like a pain to me, but if that's what you like go for it. But on my boat where raising the main is a 10 second hand-over-hand affair, going up to the mast to do it is silly. Ditto the jib, since I donít have a roller furler itíd be silly to have to leave the tiller and hop up the mast every time I wanted to raise or lower the jib.
Still having things run aft makes everything easier, especially single handing. Internal halyards are a classy touch. What's your next upgrade, bow thruster, electric winches.
Definitely, Iím going to upgrade my 50 watts of solar to 450 watts to power the bow thruster and the ice maker