'Keep the number of turns to a minimum. Every turn adds friction, which in turn makes it harder to get the job done when compared to just leaving everything the mast.'
Agreed completely- My main halyard
came off the sheave this year(was riding on the bolt that goes through it and between the sheave and mast), and I could still raise my sail from the mast with nothing other than me(no winches,et al-still a little effort) , my buddy's one foot bigger boat, with the main ran back through a block, deck organizer, and clutch
to the cockpit- forget it, you aren't doing it without a winch
(and he's bigger than me by about 30 lbs)