I admit being surprised by the number of people who don't halyards being lead aft to the cockpit, on the grounds that you have to go forward to reef anyway. I can't recall sailing any boat that couldn't be reefed from the cockpit in decades. At the risk of repeating myself again, on the J/36 reefing singlehanded is done from the cockpit in less than a minute, and it's not an unusual system.