What I have right now are the factory cleats. In order for me to raise and lower the sails currently I have to get out on the deck and raise them from the mast and tie them off there. Not really a problem but I have a busted ankle and so I don't move fast and getting down off the deck takes me a second. For me it's more of a safety issue. The less I have to go forward the better. Yes it'll add more moving parts but it eliminates most of my need to forward and therefore less risk of me stepping off the deck wrong. I can't sprain my ankle, it breaks. If it breaks, then it gets amputated. It'll be awfully hard sailing, or doing much of anything, until I can get a prosthetic. Then again if I can get it amputated then I can make me a peg leg.....hmmm...... that does change things....
I agree, running halyards and reefing lines back to the cockpit is nice for single handing is nice. Anything that keeps you in the cockpit and off the foredeck of a small light boat is a good thing.
I was referring to your choice of cleats. Rope clutches are nice for quick adjustments, particularly for racers or on larger boats. If you intend to trailer the boat though, you mart want to completely derig the boat for highway travel. During highway travel boats and everything on them gets filthy, full of grit, sand and road salt, things vibrate and fall apart. I had the goose neck neck fitting vibrate right out of a boom earlier this year. I would expect a rope clutch on the cabin top might be a collection point for highway grit.
Then when you get to the boat ramp, you are going to need to feed your halyards bitter end through your dirty rope clutch.
These are not deal breaker considerations, I am sure lots of racers consider the trade off of extra pain at the boat ramp and extra maintenance woth while. I personally wouldnt like the trade off though.
I am do to replace my halyard cleats this year because lines running over them have chaffed them down to about half their original thicknes, but at $1.99 a pop, I plan on replacing them with the same nylon cleats that are on there. I could go stainless I guess.
If you plan on keeping your boat in the water, none of this might matter. My point is though, adding complexity to a small simple boat doesnt always make it better.